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Stop More Fences and Railings, Stop the Clutter.

On a recent Singapore visit we asked Government planners about the absence of fences along waterfronts and around parks. The simple answer was ‘personal responsibility’.

That is not the answer you get in Hong Kong. In response to ONE SINGLE complaint the Transport Department is now about to put railings along the Old Peak Road walking trail. This trail (below) was built in the 1920s and is used by residents and tourists who enjoy escaping the ‘concrete jungle’ with a walk between mid-levels and the Peak.

The Government has confirmed that no accidents have been reported in the last three (3) years. The Lung Fu Shan Environmental Concern Group could not locate a single accident report going back 80 years. Despite a recent opinion poll which shows that 95% of trail users interviewed don't want fences along Old Peak Road, the Transport Department has refused to cancel the project.

Do you agree with the Lung Fu Shan Environmental Concern Group that these fences are unnecessary? That we need to stop the clutter madness?

Do send an email with a simple message, ‘No Fences Along Old Peak Road, Please!’ to the Central and Western District Office
[email protected] with a copy to [email protected]

(The picture below, taken in Hong Kong recently, is a reminder that once there is one fence, there is always a reason for another!)

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