West Coast, Singapore

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West Coast
Name transcription(s)
 • Chinese 西海岸
 • Pinyin xīhǎiàn
 • Malay West Coast
 • Tamil மேற்கு கடலோர
Clementi West New Town, Singapore (22 March 2010).jpg
Country Singapore

West Coast (or Clementi West New Town) is a town located south of Clementi and west of Pasir Panjang in the Southwest Singapore. The area currently lies in the West Coast GRC.

History[edit]

Like East Coast, West Coast was created out of reclaimed land in the 1970s. Despite both being created out of reclaimed land, the east became a recreational area but the west was filled with industries. The western part of West Coast is largely industrial but the eastern & central part of West Coast is mostly filled with private housing and a HDB estate.[1]

Amenities[edit]

Commercial Facilities[edit]

Few amenities exists in the vicinity of private houses and condominiums along West Coast. However, a town centre exists in the heart of the HDB housing estate. It consists of several two-storey shophouses, the West Coast Community Centre, the Ang Chee Sia Ong Temple, the Wu Tai Shan Buddhist Temple and the well-known Clementi West Market. West Coast Plaza shopping mall lies across the market.

During weekends, people from Clementi and the private housing sectors of West Coast patronise the town centre, which makes it very busy.

Block 613 at West Coast.

Transport & Accessiblity[edit]

SBS Transit Service 143 along West Coast Road.

West Coast is well connected with an array of road networks. There are two parallel primary roads which serve West Coast: West Coast Road and West Coast Highway. Ayer Rajah Expressway is located the northern border of West Coast. Jalan Buroh and Penjuru Road are located to the western end of West Coast, where the industries of Pandan are located.

West Coast is also connected by a diverse network of public transportation. SMRT services 176, 188, 189, 963 and SBS Transit services 30, 51, 78, 97, 143, 175, 196, 197, 198, 282, 285 travels through or loops around West Coast and many of the mentioned bus services links West Coast to the Clementi MRT Station as well as the Clementi Bus Interchange.

Recreation[edit]

There are several fitness corners throughout West Coast. There is also a stadium and a swimming complex. Parks like West Coast Park and Clementi Woods are located in the outskirts of West Coast.

Enjoyment is also another important factor. Children playgrounds are commonly be in HDB estates, as well as an array of bizarre adventure playgrounds that can be found in West Coast Park.

Education[edit]

There are several primary and secondary schools throughout West Coast, but West Coast does not have Junior Colleges and Polytechnics. And also due to the large population of international citizens in West Coast, two international schools had been set up. As of 2008, there are 4 former schools which has since either merged, named changed, moved or closed down.

Primary Schools includes:

  • Qifa Primary School

Secondary Schools includes:

International Schools includes:

Former Schools:

  • Jin Tai Primary School - Merged with Qifa Primary School in 2008.
  • Jin Tai Secondary School - Changed name to Clementi Woods Secondary School in 2006.
  • Jubilee Primary School - Closed down in 1997.
  • Yusof Ishak Secondary School (Formerly Jubilee Integrated Secondary School) - Moved to Bukit Batok in 1998.[3]

West Coast Group Representation Constituency (GRC)[edit]

Currently, West Coast is a part of Ayer Rajah ward within the West Coast GRC.[4]

West Coast Group Representation Constituency.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Together with Pandan Gardens estate, Teban Gardens estate and parts of Jurong East New Town, the four estates formed the Single Member Constituency (SMC)[5] of Ayer Rajah SMC prior to being absorbed into the West Coast GRC during the 2006's election in Singapore. Dr Tan Cheng Bock was the incumbent Member of Parliament, since the formation of the ward in 1980, he subsequently retired in 2006 after making way for his successor - Mr S Iswaran, the current MP.

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ "WEST COAST CAMPUS." (Archive) The Japanese School Singapore. Retrieved on 8 January 2014.
  3. ^ [2]
  4. ^ "MPs of West Coast GRC". West Coast Town Council. 
  5. ^ "Types of Electoral Divisions, SMC & GRC". Elections Department, Singapore.