Path should not be closed

Path should not be closed
The demolished walkway at Shunfu Ville, a privatised HUDC estate, which was previously used by Thomson Garden residents to get to Shunfu Market.

FOOTPATH DISPUTE

FROM READER TAN CHEE MENG, MOSES

I refer to the report "War over walkway" (The New Paper, Dec 7).

I feel the residents of Shunfu Ville are being selfish, short-sighted, misinformed and unwise in demolishing the shortcut.

This case reminds me of the dispute between the Serangoon Gardens Country Club and the residents of Jalan Chulek in the 1990s.

The club's management committee closed a footpath when it wanted to develop the adjoining club house and premises.

Initially, the club refused to budge or negotiate when the residents, who had been using the path, appealed against its closure. The residents sued the club and its management team, and relations between the two sides became very bad.

The bad publicity was hurting and eventually, both parties realised that in such a legal battle, there can only be losers. The case was costing time, money, energy, dignity.

The battle in court dragged on, with lawyers from both sides arguing over the easement issue.

Then, a new management committee took over at the club and consulted a new panel of lawyers.

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