Sunday, December 9, 2012

Neighbours against home-based restaurant

The Star, Saturday December 8, 2012

Story and photo by JAROD LIM

Business venture: The corner house in Jalan Bukit which has been converted into a restaurant.
Business venture: The corner house in Jalan Bukit which has been converted into a restaurant.
A HOUSE in Jalan Bukit, Kajang, has been converted into a restaurant and some residents in the area are unhappy because it is causing inconvenience to them.
A resident, who did not want to be named, said the restaurant in the house compound was causing distress in the neighbourhood.
“We have to endure the odour wafting out from the house as well as noise pollution every morning.
“The restaurant operates from as early as 6am and business goes on until midnight.
“My house is near the restaurant and I am badly affected,” he said, adding that he had to keep his windows closed all the time.
“There are no proper disposal of food waste and I fear that it will attract pests like rodents and stray animals to the area.
“I have also seen food waste floating in the drain junction box nearby,” he said.
He added that he was also worried about safety aspects as the caterers were using gas tanks to cook the food.
“Fourteen residents had signed a petition against the conversion of the house into a commercial lot in August and alerted the Kajang Municipal Council (MPKj),” he said, adding that nothing much was done about it.
During a check by StarMetro, food waste was spotted in the drain nearby and the stench was unbearable.
Another resident, who also did not want to be named, said the traffic in the area had also worsened due to the restaurant.
“This is a residential area and cannot cater to the number of people patronising the restaurant.
“Some customers even resort to parking their vehicles illegally by the roadside.
“This obstructs the view of motorists coming out to Jalan Bukit. It is dangerous for drivers who want to turn out to the main road,” she said.
When contacted, councillor Mohd Adram Musa said the council’s audit committee was investigating the case as they suspect that the conversion of the residential house was not according to the council’s bylaws.
“The residents have highlighted their concern to me many times.
“Having a restaurant operating in their midst is not right.
“The council is still monitoring the problem and I will follow up with them,” he said.

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