KLANG Municipal Council (MPK) has been asked to review the plan to turn the Berkeley field into a carpark and futsal court.
Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia Klang division allied wing chief Nallan Dhanabalan and Perikatan Nasional Bandar Baru Klang constituency coordinator Datuk Tan Seng Huat said the Covid-19 pandemic had shown that urban planners needed to reappraise planning policies for the protection of existing green spaces in the urban environment.
Both men said the news on MPK’s plan to build parking bays on a recreational field that people actively use, had led to disappointment with the council.
Nallan said that when faced with restrictions on travel, work and social interactions during the pandemic, such green spaces for open-air recreation was essential for residents.
“It is time MPK’s leadership make it a policy to protect open spaces for the people.
“Developing green open space goes against MPK’s Local Draft Structure Plan 2035 for a green, sustainable and low-carbon urban area,” added Nallan.
Save Berkeley Field Pro-tem Committee chief Shirley Sobey handed a memorandum to Nallan and Tan when they joined them in a peaceful gathering at the field in Taman Berkeley, Klang, to persuade MPK to withdraw its plans to turn the 0.95ha field into an open-air carpark and futsal court.
Nallan said the memorandum pointed out that green open spaces were needed for active ageing as the community had a big population of senior citizens while youths needed such spaces for games and exercise.
Tan agreed with the residents that the field helped to retain surface run-off and curb flash floods.
“I am against MPK wanting to have the field covered with asphalt as it will be impervious to rainwater.
“It is only going to create problems that do not exist at this moment. It is better for MPK to shelf this project,” he said.
Tan added that the people wanting to build the 100 carpark bays and futsal court, did not live in Taman Berkeley.
MPK president Ahmad Fadzli Ahmad Tajuddin said the council had received Taman Berkeley residents’ objection to the proposed plan.
“We will reconsider and reassess the proposed project,” he said.
MPK sent out notices on July 20 informing residents about the project through an online questionnaire.
Apart from getting residents’ feedback, the questionnaire also provided a brief description of the proposed 85m x 59m carpark and 30m x 20m futsal court.
Established in 1971, Taman Berkeley is one of the earliest housing estates in Klang and has grown into a township over the years.