Marine Parade Town Council (MPTC) has clarified in its Facebook that “No Playing of Chess at Common Areas” signboard is not a hoax, but that the town council had put the sign up in a block in its constituency.
“We would like to clarify that the poster was only placed at Blk 11 Haig Road and it is not a standard poster of our Town Council. We have received feedback from residents at the said block that the chess players are causing a nuisance and are playing till late night,” the town council said.
In their post MPTC further said that the “chess players and onlookers sometimes will block and obstruct the pathway of a covered linkway, causing inconveniences to others. As such, this poster seeks to advise and remind these chess players not to play their games there and to be considerate to others.”
Describing the problem as a long standing issue, the Town Council said that it has been working closely with other agencies to address it.
“We would also like to take this opportunity to advise users of void deck to be considerate and to lower the noise volume after 10pm,” MPTC added.
A man who identified himself as resident who lived in a block next to the affected block has however said that the town council has exaggerated the problem of the chess players.
Ryan Low said, “I (am) staying at blk 10 haig road nearer to the market for more then 10 years. 3 times a week i will walk pass that area at night about 9 – 10pm, and sometimes in the afternoon. I don’t see them creating nuisance and obstructing any walk way. they are just sitting there chit chatting, playing games and some even taking a nap to relax after some games. At times they might be talking slightly louder but not to the level of nuisance. Probably you should talk a walk to observe yourselves rather to act before knowing it’s that bad.”
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