A proposal for a no-car zone in the heritage enclave could be deliberated in the MPPP’s next full council meeting.
State exco member Lydia Ong reportedly made the suggestion to MPPP president Patahiyah Ismail, who seemed receptive to the idea. She suggested that certain parts of the heritage enclave and the Esplanade could be made off limits to cars from 6.00am to 2.00pm on Sundays.
No-car zones are an idea whose time has come. The successful implementation of an inner city pedestrian-only zone for the climax of the George Town heritage celebrations earlier this year showed that such zones are possible and could be extended to other areas, going hand-in-hand with improved public transport.
Meanwhile, here are the latest rumblings of discontent from Tanjung Bunga:
On behalf of TBRA, we have written in to our MPPP on the following dates:-
* 13th & 14th July 2010 – 2 e-mails to you & Your Dept Directors stating TBRA’s OBJECTION to working beyond normal hours for the BOLTON Surin Project & to inquire into How MPPP defines Light Work. – You responded the same day to state that they are allowed to work until 7.00pm. Your Pn Noorhanis Bt. Nordin reponded on 14th July to state she would investigate & provide all answers but sadly, this was never done and until today we have no idea of our inquiries on Working Late as listed in our mails to you on 13th & 14th July 2010
We attach the e-mails above for your review.
Once again Pn. Patahiyah, TBRA (in solidarity & in collaboration with the JMBs of Straits Regency & Coastal Towers) writes in to inform you and your Departments in MPPP that all residents (Chee Seng Gardens, Straits Regency, Coastal Towers) in and around the BOLTON Project OBJECT STRONGLY against any work that goes beyond: –
a. normal working hours of 6.00pm AND
b. On any REST DAY or Public Holiday
in short any time or day where residents need time for family, recreation and rest.
Our objection is made more strong by the fact that MPPP is UNABLE or UNWILLING to provide our Association on the definitions, equipment & work tools allowed, decible level permitted, type of work, who monitors and how often monitored etc, etc in the definition of “Light Work” as in our correspondences to you in July 2010.
As such please refrain from any further approvals of late work and should your Dept continue to do so, our residents will meet to take whatever action/s deemed appropriate to safeguard our quality of life since our City Council is unable or unwilling to do so for its Rate Payers in these areas.
p.s. we note that last night (2nd Nov 2010) there was no late work. We hope that this continues and no late night works start all over again once things settle down, as often done
And one from the 20 Pykett Avenue area:
I am a resident around Khaw Sim Bee Road, Penang. The mansion on that land was demolished on or about 1 August 2010 . This was done without any approval given by MPPP. The matter was actually reported in Kwong Wah Yit Poh.
I believe the local council was waiting for a report on the possible heritage status of the mansion before deciding on the whether demolition order can be given.
I find it shocking that owners can flout the law so easily. The owners and “others” may say that the mansion has yet to be listed as “heritage”. If buildings can be demolished and the council can only fine the owners, NO HERITAGE BUILDING in Penang is safe. What prevents owners from just demolishing any building even those listed as heritage?
If a fine is the only deterrent, we might as well kiss the Unesco listing goodbye. The only effective deterrence is denial of planning permission for the next 20-50 years!
Dr B Nawawi