SINGAPORE - A total of 74 people signed a petition in a bid to save the 35-year-old Buona Vista Swimming Complex from demolition.
The petition was presented to Mr Chan Chun Sing, the Acting Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports and MP for the Buona Vista ward, which is part of Tanjong Pagar GRC, at a tree-planting event and community party for residents of Buona Vista Court.
The Straits Times reported that the petition was initiated by actress Pamela Oei, 39, who lives in the vicinity at Holland Drive.
Built in 1976, Buona Vista Swimming Complex stands next to blocks of old flats at Holland Village, which are now empty after residents moved acrossed the street to four new blocks of replacement flats under the Government's Selective En Bloc Redevelopment Scheme (Sers).
The petitioners spelt out two requests.
Firstly, they want to know how the land now occupied by the swimming complex and the vacated flats will be used, urging Tanjong Pagar Town Council to "ease the anxiety of local residents".
Secondly, they hope that if the land - rumoured to make way for newer developments - is to be sold to private developers, Mr Chan will persuade the relevant authorities to save the swimming complex.
Local residents said in the petition that the pool enhances their quality of life in "a most incalculable way".