Withdraw proposal to develop Berkeley field, RA urged


A majority of Taman Berkeley residents oppose the proposal to turn this field into a carpark and futsal court.

The Taman Berkeley Residents Association (TBRA) has been urged to withdraw its proposal to develop a field. The development proposal has been submitted to Klang Municipal Council (MPK).

Save Berkeley Field pro-tem committee chief Shirley Sobey called on TBRA to withdraw the plan as it had failed to get the views of all residents in the area.

“On Nov 24, MPK gave a reply to our pro-tem committee after we had officially opposed the development plans.

“But in a strange twist, the council revealed that TBRA had submitted an application on June 25, 2020 to turn the field into an open-air carpark and futsal court,” she said.

In the letter dated Nov 19 and signed by MPK president Ahmad Fadzli Ahmad Tajuddin, it was stated that the council had conducted a survey to obtain residents’ views on TBRA’s proposal.

It also stated that the application for development had not been considered for approval at council level.

Ahmad Fadzli added that MPK had noted the pro-tem committee’s objections on the proposed project and TBRA’s bid would be tabled before the Selangor Economic Action Council (MTES) for a decision.

Sobey said TBRA’s proposal had gone against the spirit of a residents association, which was to ensure the people’s well-being.

Sobey says Taman Berkeley Residents Association should withdraw its proposal to develop the field.Sobey says Taman Berkeley Residents Association should withdraw its proposal to develop the field.

“Residents are vehemently opposed to TBRA’s proposal and want it quashed,” she stressed.

On Oct 4, Sobey and committee member Alex Tan handed a “Save Berkeley Field” petition to MPK.

The petition garnered 623 signatures from residents who are against the proposed development of the 0.95ha field.

MPK’s Planning Department had proposed the development of an 85m by 59m carpark to accommodate 100 cars and a 30m by 20m futsal court.

Taman Berkeley residents who objected to the project, said it would deprive them of a green space for exercise and their general well-being.

Efforts by StarMetro to contact TBRA representatives were unsuccessful.

Klang Perikatan Nasional service centre community coordinator Nallan Dhanabalan said MTES should take into consideration the destruction of a green space that could lead to environmental problems such as flash floods and the creation of an urban heat island.

“MTES must quash this project for the sake of residents,” he said.

He added that it was crucial to preserve green recreational spaces.

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