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July 30, 2012

Taiping Council cancels development of food kiosks near Lake Garden raintrees

By RASLAN BAHAROM and CHERYL HEW

The Taiping Municipal Council has decided to call off plans to develop food and souvenir kiosks near the iconic century-old raintrees along Jalan Pekeliling stretch of the Taiping Lake Gardens.

Instead, they will suggest two alternative sites to the Northern Corridor Implementation Authority (NCIA) that is in charge of the project.

The alternative sites are behind the public toilets in front of the water recreation centre and at the children's playground near the tennis court.

The council's decision comes after several NGOs and local residents initiated a signature campaign to protest the planned construction of eight food, handicraft and souvenir kiosks in Jalan Pekeliling at the gardens.

Although no raintree were to be cut down, they feared that the RM3.6mil project by the Northern Corridor Implementation Authority would “threaten” the trees and harm the tranquil atmosphere at the park, considered the oldest public garden in the country.

Source: The Star