Friday, June 26, 2009

Hotel 81 in Tiong Bahru? - No

The Straits Times
Forum Section
June 26, 2009

S NEW home owners in Tiong Bahru, my wife and I are naturally anxious about the imminent presence of Hotel 81 in Eng Hoon Street.

The crux of the matter is that if the hotel institutes hourly and transitory rates, it sets environmental conditions and encourages vice activities.

We choose to live in Tiong Bahru because of its vibrant community, rich history and robust heritage.

I find it difficult to appreciate the evolution of the neighbourhood without being critical about what this means to residents and how changes affect the community's values and way of life.

In an estate with conservation status and tremendous cultural legacy, it is perplexing that there is a distinct lack of collaborative and consultative approach by the authorities in planning and developing the neighbourhood.

Sean Ng


SGalf said...

Well said Sean,

I agree with you that hourly and transitory rates will set environmental conditions and encourage vice activities.

Welcome to the neighbourhood.....let me rephrase that, Welcome to this GREAT neighbourhood!

looksee said...

let's bring this up with the MP as we wont want another Geylang here!

Anonymous said...

Hotels in Singapore are NOT required to apply for a transit rates license. It is just ONE license for all hotels - and you can run it in any way you like!

URA has given the approval for use of the site as a hotel, and it is foreseeable that HLB will grant the license as there is no legislation which suggests otherwise.

Hence, unless the MP has the power to reverse all these, hotel 81 and transit rates are here to stay.

I love Tiong Bahru's unique heritage and tranquility. It's a shame that the authorities do not protect or cherish it like the residents do.