The inconvenience of blocked roads, closed off for the sake of security, has long irked road users.
But to many it is the only way to feel safe in a neighbourhood where break-ins are common.
However, the solution is simple for Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ).
Either 75% of the neighbourhood must agree to a gated-and-guarded scheme in the neighbourhood or it does not get approval, said council president Abdul Hamid Abdul Hussain.
He explained that residents would need to follow guidelines laid out by the Urban Well-being, Housing and Local Government Ministry before a gated-and-guarded system is allowed.
“Additionally, the neighbourhood itself will have to be at least 1.21ha in size with a minimum of 100 housing units and the guardhouse can only be 1.8m by 2.4m.
“Boom gates can only be shut from midnight to 6am and roads used by residents from other neighbourhoods cannot be blocked,” he said.
On another matter, Abdul Hamid confirmed that the council had plans to upgrade the Pandan Indah Town Park, built by MPAJ using allocation from the National Landscape Department.
Nevertheless, the cost to spruce up the public park would cost a hefty sum as it requires a complete overhaul.
“We will send an application to the National Landscape Depart-ment for another allocation to upgrade the park.
“MPAJ has not neglected smaller parks in neighbourhoods. Last year, 200 small parks were upgraded at a cost of RM2mil and we will continue to do so for the remaining parks this year,” he said.
MPAJ is also cracking down on late licence renewals with a compound of RM200 to be imposed on licence holders renewing their overdue licences between January and March.
The compound rate increases to RM700 for those renewing overdue licences from April to December.
So far, 396 premises have renewed their business licences while 396 compounds have also been issued.
The council has opened up applications for Ramadan bazaar permits, with a total of 1,501 lots available in 23 locations throughout the municipality.
Meanwhile, the council recorded an increase in dengue cases, with an additional four deaths and 226 cases.
Last year, there were 4,216 cases and 15 reported deaths and in 2016, a total of 3,920 cases and 11 deaths were reported.
Two locations have been identified as dengue hotspots since Jan 22 – several areas in Pandan Perdana and the Seri Intan flats in Lembah Jaya Selatan.
Measures to control the spread have been taken, including search-and-destroy activities, the Clean Back Alley – Aedes Free Programme as well as the Zero Larvae Operation with the Hulu Langat and Gombak Health Department.
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