Disputed walkway partly demolished

Disputed walkway partly demolished
Now, only part of a walkway that runs beside the access road to Shunfu Ville remains. A flight of brick stairs leading down to it from Thomson Garden has been removed.

Part of a walkway that has been at the centre of a lengthy dispute between two estates in Thomson has been removed.

Shunfu Ville, a former public estate, put up a boundary fence after it was privatised in March which cut off a walkway leading from Thomson Garden landed estate to Shunfu Road.

It meant Thomson Garden residents had to take a longer route to amenities such as Shunfu market and Marymount MRT station.

The walkway had been a sticking point for much longer. In April, when it was closed, Shunfu Ville residents told The Straits Times that negotiations over the path had held up the estate's privatisation bid for two years.

The Thomson Garden Neighbourhood Committee sent letters to Shunfu Ville's Management Corporation Strata Title, with proposals such as keeping the path open for part of the day.

But the managing body never replied, committee chairman Eugene Lee told The Straits Times yesterday.

Nor did it notify Thomson Garden residents earlier this week when it began demolishing the red brick stairs that formed part of the walkway.

"Of course we are all disappointed," said Mr Lee, who plans to seek MP Josephine Teo's advice on what could be done.

When The Straits Times visited the site yesterday, the stairs were gone. The rest of the path, running along the access road to the estate, remained.

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