THE once busy Jalan Maxwell near the Sia Boey Market in George Town has been de-gazetted to make way for future development in the area.
During the Penang Municipal Council meeting, its Development Planning Committee alternate chairman Muhammad Bakhtiar Wan Chik said the road had been de-gazetted along with part of Lebuh Tek Soon located between Jalan Maxwell and Lebuh Carnarvon.
“This is to enable the Penang Development Corporation to carry out upgrading and development work for Phase 5 of Komtar,” he said.
Jalan Maxwell had ceased to exist with immediate effect, he said.
The road was named after Sir William Edward Maxwell, who was the colonial secretary and acting governor of the Straits Settlements in Singapore between 1893 and 1894.
The old shop houses there were mostly occupied by wholesalers who had business dealings at the market.
Once a busy road, Jalan Maxwell had not seen much traffic since the old market finally closed down some 10 years ago.
Bakhtiar also said the committee has approved that part of Love Lane, Lorong Muda and Lorong Pasar be changed into one-way streets, with the three-month trial expected to begin early next month.
Part of Lebuh Muntri and Lorong Stewart, he said, would officially be changed to one-way streets when the three-month trial ends.
On a separate matter, the council’s Licensing and Public Health Committee chairman Ong Ah Teong said the council had approved 22 new commercial areas in the northeast and southwest districts to operate entertainment outlets.
He said permitted entertainment activities are karaoke, snooker outlet, musical (not disco) and darts game (not machine).
Among the locations are Menara Asas in Tanjung Bungah, Love Lane, Lebuh Pantai, Mayang Mall, One Precinct and The One, with the latter three in Bayan Baru.