(A/SK-TLW/1; A/SK-TLW/2; A/SK-TLW/3; A/SK-TLW/4; A/SK-TLW/5)
Dear Chairman and Members,
I object to planning permission for the development of five houses as this will impact the natural and cultural heritage of Tai Long Wan, and contravene the planning intention as agreed under the Outline Zoning Plan for Tai Long Wan (S/SK-TLW/5).
Currently Hong Kong has over 80% of the international flights out of the Pearl River Delta. With the 3rd Runway proponents hope to maintain a large share of this growing market. But with only 7% of the population and manufacturing moving ever further land inwards, how sensible is that? The economic gains benefit a few, while the rest of the community pays. It is not just the money: Air pollution, noise, loss of marine habitat, and traffic – lots of it.
We, the undersigned, hereby petition the HKSAR Chief Executive, C.Y Leung to:
1) Abolish the divisive, discriminatory, outdated and unsustainable Small House Policy without any further delay
or, at the very least:
2) Amend the SHP without undue delay so that the SHP no longer applies within Country Park boundaries
Support smart waste management today
You are invited to submit your comments on a new proposal to build integrated waste handling facilities at our landfills, and to rezone the incinerator site as a marine park.
No time, No space
Within hours after cleaning up dinner or breakfast our waste is dumped in landfills. Helpers, security guards, elderly, cleaners and haulers have little time to strip paper, aluminum cans and other items of value. If we want to improve our recycling rate, we will need more time and more space to sort. But as flats are too small and urban areas densely built up, there is no space left to fully separate waste.
Sharing the waste burden
www.wastehk.org proposes to divide Hong Kong into four catchment areas each with an integrated waste facility for collection, separation, sorting, and stock piling of recyclables. To find the land, www.wastehk.org proposes that two existing landfills, an industrial waterfront site east of Tseung Kwan O and a new site at north-east Lantau are zoned for integrated facilities with sea access. All sites are suitable for high capacity mechanical waste sorting before it is dumped in the landfill.
Eliminate the need for a super incinerator
People can pre-sort their wet and dirty (food, diapers) from clean and dry (packaging materials) waste to make it easy to retrieve recyclables. Together with the large sorting facilities we can improve our recycling rate and eliminate the need for a super incinerator.
“We share, We love, We support” –Tai Long Sai Wan
Friends of Tai Long Sai Wan (FDOTLS) and Save Our Country Parks (SOCP) recommend the “We share, We love, We support” appreciation walk to Tai Long Sai Wan this Sunday. The walk and visit of the beach is recommended in support of the Hong Kong Government and its plan to incorporate Tai Long Sai Wan enclave into Sai Kung East Country Park.
How do you explain this? 你如何理解這些圖？
Records of land sales in Hoi Ha and Pak Lap, two enclaves in the Sai Kung Country Parks, show how agriculture land has been sold to developers in recent years. Guess what, the new draft outline zoning plans show exactly these areas now zoned for house development – development which will damage the integrity of the country parks.
Should we have zoning for Small House Development (left) or include enclaves into Country Parks (right)?
Over 20 green groups have joined to form the “Save Our Country Parks” alliance with one simple demand: Incorporate the enclaves into the Country Parks so they can enjoy active management, park amenities and regular patrols, and development is subject scrutiny by the Country and Marine Parks Board.
Keep small house thuggery out of country parks
For years Designing Hong Kong has warned the Lands Department and Town Planning Board of the breakdown in law and order as a result of the Small House Policy. And this is set to get worse.
To deal with the infinite small house demand, Government has decided on a ‘containment strategy’. Instead of ending the Small House Policy, it restricts construction of small houses to village land. The result is for residents – not village developers who filled their pockets – to resolve: Violence, criminal intimidation, and even death.
With 2/3 of the V-zones are already used up, houses are now squeezed between existing ones, often on land used for access and parking. The location of small houses is chaotic as they are granted individually at different times on former paddy fields. The Lands Department does not guarantee right-of-way to small houses. Village developers are told to make their own arrangements for footpaths, vehicular access and parking. And so they do where they can with the unauthorized occupation of Government (and private) land.
Below are some recent examples of village thuggery as a result of the small house policy.
To object to the cancer of village houses spreading through our country parks, go to http://www.designinghongkong.com/forms/view.php?id=13155
黃 鳴先生 (西貢之友)
「保衛郊野公園」行動，是Ark Eden、香港地貌岩石保育協會、創建香港、海下之友、西貢之友、大浪灣之友、香港地球之友、綠領行動、綠色社區、綠色和平、綠色力量、環保觸覺、香港觀鳥會、香港海豚保育學會、香港野遊、香港自然生態論壇、大嶼山愛護水牛協會、 島嶼活力行動、勃勃海洋、西貢大浪灣關注組、香港自然探索學會、長春社、世界自然基金會香港分會等機構組成。
Saturday, October 19
If boundaries of Country Parks are no longer sacrosanct, will this be the start of the end of Country Parks? Do we let the chaos of small house developments spread throughout country parks? Does the community need a new agreement on what land to protect, and how?
You are invited to join the ‘Save Our Country Parks’ forum in Sai Kung Town Hall, 19 October, 10:30am-1:30pm. Click here for event details.
Mr. Albert Lai Kwong-tak (The Professional Commons)
Dr. Cheng Luk-ki (Green Power)
Mr. Chu Hoi Dick (Land Justice League)
Mr. James Wong (Friends of Sai Kung)
Mr. Lam Chiu-ying (Former Director of the Hong Kong Observatory)
Mr. Li Yiu-ban (Heung Yee Kuk)
Dr. Michelle Cheung (Eco-Education and Resource Centre)
Mr. Paul Zimmerman (Designing Hong Kong)
Mr. Stanley Ng Wing-fai (Lands Watch)
Ms. Tanya Chan Suk-chong (Civic Party)
Mr. Wayne Yim Kim-ho (Friends of Tai Long Sai Wan)
Save Our Country Parks
16 October 2013
“Save Our Country Park” action by Ark Eden, Association for Geoconservation, Hong Kong, Designing Hong Kong, Friends of Hoi Ha, Friends of Sai Kung, Friends of Tai Long Wan, Friends of the Earth (Hong Kong), Greeners Action, Green Communities, Greenpeace, Green Power, Green Sense, Hong Kong Bird Watching Society, Hong Kong Dolphin Conservation Society, Hong Kong Outdoors, HKWildlife.net, Lantau Buffalo Association, Living Islands Movement,Living Seas Hong Kong, Sai Kung Tai Long Wan Concern Group, Society of Hong Kong Nature Explorers, The Conservancy Association,WWF Hong Kong etc.