Footfall to Maxwell Food Centre has dipped owing to construction work for the upcoming Thomson-East Coast MRT line, affecting businesses there. The construction work saw the closure of the carpark serving the centre since March, resulting in the reduced visibility of several stalls.
A representative of the stallholders, Mr Richard Ng noted that the reduced visibility created the impression that several stalls were closed, causing even taxi drivers to misinform tourists looking to visit the centre, that it is closed. The construction work that is expected to last till 2021, will see the Erskine Road carpark be closed till June 2018.
Hawkers, who have yet to wound down their businesses signed a petition earlier this month to appeal to the National Environment Agency (NEA) to provide them subsidies on stall rentals. An NEA spokesman said that the request is currently under review.
Mr Ng Kok Hua, a hawker at the centre noted that he has contacted the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) and the Land Transport Authority (LTA) via Jalan Besar GRC’s Member of Parliament, Lilly Neo requesting for the URA Centre's main carpark in Maxwell Road to be open to the public on weekday evenings and weekends. He, also called for access to the food centre to be improved.
LTA noted that is working closely with the hawker representatives to put up direction signs around the food centre to inform the public that the Centre is open. While an URA spokesman said that should demand for parking increase, that it is prepared to open the URA Centre carpark in the evenings and weekends for public use.
Source: “Maxwell hawkers hit as food spot 'vanishes'” (The Straits Times, 24 December 2015)