NOISE MITIGATION MEASURES TO REDUCE NOISE POLLUTION FROM AMENITIES NEAR RESIDENTIAL FLATS

From time to time, I have received complaints from residents pertaining to noise generated at amenities such as playgrounds, fitness corners, etc. It occurred to me that, from a design perspective, noise mitigation measures should be worked in so as to dampen the noise generated. In his answer, Min Desmond Lee confirmed that HDB takes proactive design measures to minimise noise disturbances. He also highlighted that The Community Advisory Panel on Neighbourhood Noise, chaired by Dr William Wan, will be issuing a set of community norms that all residents should adopt to deal with this problem. My PQ and Minister Desmond Lee’s answer are set out below.

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Mr Murali Pillai asked the Minister for National Development whether HDB can consider funding or implementing noise mitigation measures to address the problem of noise generated by persons using amenities such as basketball courts, playgrounds and fitness corners that are in close proximity with residential flats outside the Neighbourhood Renewal Programme cycles.

Mr Desmond Lee: HDB precincts are designed to provide residents with convenient access to a variety of common spaces and amenities, such as playgrounds, fitness corners and community gardens.

In the design and provision of precinct amenities, HDB takes proactive design measures to minimise noise disturbances. For example, by locating playgrounds and fitness courts away from residential units to minimise noise disturbances. If Town Councils (TCs) face localised noise issues arising from the use of common spaces and facilities under their management, TCs can also implement measures to encourage considerate behaviour, such as switching off the lights in the shared facilities during rest hours and putting up advisory notices.

HDB will continue to explore practical solutions to mitigate noise. However, it will not be useful to site such common facilities too far from residential blocks, which may make them inaccessible. Therefore, it is important for residents to be considerate towards their neighbours, such as by keeping the noise level down when going about their daily activities, especially during quiet hours, so as to provide a harmonious living environment for all. The Community Advisory Panel on Neighbourhood Noise will be recommending a set of community norms that residents should adopt to better manage neighbourhood noise by the end of the year.

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Murali Pillai

Member of Parliament, Bukit Batok SMC, Advisor to Bukit Batok SMC GROs.