The Ministry of National Development (MND) announced yesterday (1 Oct) that there will be 16 town councils managing public housing estates.
According to the press release by MND, only Tampines Town Council will remain unchanged. Two town councils are new and 13 have been reconstituted as a result of the redrawing of electoral boundaries for the recent election.
The two new town councils are Jalan Besar and Marsiling-Yew Tee.
The newly-formed Jalan Besar Town Council will take over management of the areas in Jalan Besar GRC and Potong Pasir SMC with effect from 1 Oct while the newly-formed Marsiling-Yew Tee Town Council will take over management of the areas previously under Chua Chu Kang and Sembawang town councils in the GRC from 1 Dec.
13 other town councils were reconstituted as some areas under their purview became part of other towns due to changes in electoral boundaries or the grouping of constituencies for a town. The transferred management of these areas will take effect from 1 Dec.
Members of Parliament (MPs) in charge of three town councils have also asked for a change in name.
Aljunied-Hougang-Punggol East will be renamed Aljunied-Hougang, after the Workers' Party (WP) lost single-seat Punggol East to the People's Action Party. Mr Singh is the chairman, alongside Ms Sylvia Lim and Mr Png Eng Huat as vice-chairmen.
The two other renamed town councils are East Coast-Fengshan to accommodate single-seat Fengshan, and Jurong-Clementi after Jurong GRC absorbed Clementi. Punggol East will now be part of Pasir Ris-Punggol Town Council.
MND is encouraging all town councils to ensure a smooth transition, "so that the needs of all residents can continue to be served".
How can town councils better serve the needs of residents?
Read the press release from MND on Formation of Town Councils.
Source:“Changes to all but one of 16 town councils”, (The Straits Times, 2 October 2015)