16 September

Press Release – The destruction of the Plover Cove Country Park approved by the Town Planning Board

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新聞稿 - 2013年9月16日

城規會批准破壞船灣郊野公園

城規會委員於8月9日的會議通過初擬的鎖羅盆分區計劃大綱圖。當中包括一大片「鄉村式發長」土地,相容135間丁屋。漁農自然護理署及其下的郊野公園及海岸公園管理局均沒有提出反對意見,默許未來在郊野公園的不包括土地上有如斯大型的建設。

鎖羅盆這條被遺棄的村落坐落於船灣郊野公園的邊陲,沒有道路或污水渠連接,亦因此成為敏感的生態區域。(欲了解更多有關船灣郊野公園的資料可參閱漁護署的網站
多年以來都沒有收到在鎖羅盆興建小型屋宇申請,似乎土地擁有人均沒有興趣於該地生活。但是,為著自己的制益,村民不顧當地的生態價值,群起抗議,反對保護船灣郊野公園的隨處可見。他們又寫信到城規會,聲稱他們未來會回到村裡生活。村代表毫無根據的指出未來10年需要270棟村屋,即使現有的鄉村式發展土地亦無法滿足他們的需求。
有如此大塊鄉村式發展用地,村民隨即要求興建道路和各項基礎建設。不難想像到未來丁屋這癌細胞會帶同道路和基建由鎖羅盆擴散到船灣郊野公園內的其他地方。可是,在通過這份大綱圖時根本沒有一份建設對鎖羅盆甚或船灣郊野公園的整體性環境評估。
現有的不包括土地烏蛟騰(地圖上的藍色B標示)正正是一個例說明小型屋宇政策帶來的環境破壞。規劃署和漁護署不站起來反抗地政及鄉議局,船灣郊野公園就會淪陷於村屋的石屎癌細胞之中。
香港還有其他選擇。政府以租借農地的價值補償業權人,將這些不包括土地劃入郊野公園。若先規劃為鄉村式發長用地,將會增加賠償的成本。除此,政府亦可考慮以地換地的形式賠償因環境保育而蒙受損失的地主。無論如何,我們都應該盡早站出來阻止村屋對環境進一步的破壞。
Press Release 

The destruction of the Plover Cove Country Park approved by the Town Planning Board
The minutes of the Town Planning Board meeting of 9 August 2013 show that it approved the publication of the Outline Zoning Plan for So Lo Pun with an area for 135 small houses. The Country and Marine Parks Authority – the Director of the Agriculture and Fisheries Department – failed to object to small house developments in So Lo Pun, and failed to stop the invasion of small houses in the Plover Cove Country Park.

So Lo Pun is an abandoned village on the outer edge of the Plover Cove Country Park without road access or sewerage, in an area with a sensitive ecology. Find out more about Plover Cove Country Park at the Government’s own website.

There are no outstanding Small House applications for So Lo Pun as land owners have no interest in living there. But keen to profit from development rights villagers rallied together protesting against conservation with banners throughout the Plover Cove Country Park.

They wrote letters to the Town Planning Board claiming they would return to the village in the future. The village representative estimated an entirely unverifiable 10-year forecast demand of 270 small houses, and an even larger v-zone was included.

So Lo Pun is the first of seven new enclaves to be zoned for small house developments in the Plover Cove Country Park. The future spread of the small house cancer can be seen from the locations of the enclaves. Demands for roads to support the developments are already being made. The Outline Zoning Plan allows for such public works and infrastructure. The environmental impact of the cumulative house and infrastructure developments permitted in So Lo Pun and Plover Cove Country Park as a whole has NOT been assessed before granting approvals.

The existing enclave Wu Kau Tang (Marked B in blue on the map) shows how the environment will degrade under the Small House Policy. With the failure of the Planning Department and the AFCD to stand up to the Lands Department and the Heung Yee Kuk, the small house cancer will be allowed to destroy the Plover Cover Country Park.

The community should reconsider its options. These enclaves of private land can be included in the Country Park, with compensation reflecting the agricultural purpose of the block Government leases. Up-zoning these areas for village house development first will increase the public cost for resumption and compensation. Alternatively, compensation might be considered by means of land exchange to villagers/land owners when their private land is zoned for conservation. Either way, it is not too late for the public to stand up against the small house destruction.
13 September

Press Release – Town Planning Board did not wait for Paul Chan to destroy the Sai Kung Country Parks

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Despite objections from green groups and conservation experts, Government has given in to the Heung Yee Kuk with large development zones for small houses inside country parks.

During today’s meeting, the Board agreed to publish the first 2 draft Outline Zoning Plans in the Sai Kung Country Parks. Based on the land zoned for small house development (v-zones) in Pak Lap and Hoi Ha, it is estimated that more than 3,000 small houses may be built inside the country park once the full 320ha of all 19 enclaves is zoned. The community will have two months to object and tell the Heung Yee Kuk to take their hands off our country parks.

Hoi Ha (S/NE-HH/1) is a village of 8ha with 34 houses adjacent to the Hoi Ha Marine Park: 80 more houses can be built on the new v-zone and green belt ‘expansion’ area.

The second zoning approved today is for Pak Lap (S/SK-PL/1), a village of 6ha with 20 houses: 72 houses can be added despite the lack of access (oops, not counting the illegal road built recently).

The flood of new small houses will destroy the Sai Kung Country Parks.  There has been no environmental impact assessment of the cumulative impact of the zoning for small houses, nor has the Country and Marine Parks Board considered the combined impacts of these developments on the Sai Kung Country Parks.

There are around 500 houses in the ‘inner’ Sai Kung Country Park – past the gate at Pak Tam Chung. Creating development zones for 3,000 new small houses will increase demand for transport and increase road traffic during construction and after occupation when each house can have 3 flats, and each dwelling can have two vehicle permits. This creates the need for road widening and improvements works such as street lights affecting the entire inner country park.

More importantly, Small or Village House developments are officially known as ‘New Territories Exempted Houses’ – the most destructive form of development in Hong Kong. We note just a few “exemptions”:

1.       There is no sewerage and village houses depend on percolation through the ground from septic tanks and soak away pits, contaminating underground and surrounding waters.
2.       Storm drains are laid at random by private contractors for each house separately through the surrounding country park to nearby waters.
3.       Expedient connections from baths, and often kitchens and toilets pollute the storm drains, and nearby waters.
4.       No access, roads, paths or parking spaces are provided forcing residents to resort to unlawful road construction and illegal occupation of government land in country parks.
5.       Each house is either exempted from site formation or developers construct their own platforms.
6.       Excavation, land filling, platform and small house construction lacks quality controls. Land formation, excavation and slope stabilization is random and of poor quality extending well into the country park.
7.       The location of each house is subject to application and ownership of previous paddy fields rather than based on well planned village layouts. This leads to chaotic developments as can be seen in all village environs in Hong Kong.
8.       And we have yet to explain the environmental pollution of the actual construction of individual houses by village contractors.

 


The Town Planning Board is approving the destruction of the Sai Kung Country Parks with small house developments.

 


Pak Lap has 20 houses today. The red line indicates the land made available for new small houses.


Hoi Ha has 34 houses today. The red line indicates the land made available for new small houses.

20 March

“Pick It Up” Campaign ** 「拾荒救地球」運動

Our “Pick It Up” campaign promotes a positive attitude towards picking up litter. We hope that everyone in Hong Kong can work together to make “Pick It Up” a habit. Keeping Hong Kong tidy and clean, no longer about ‘not littering’, but about ‘picking up’ after oneself! If you are interested to collaborate with or have any idea, please contact us via email [email protected] or call Ms Debby Chan 31043107 for following up!

「拾荒救地球」運動希望令市民能正面的思考垃圾問題,當我們見到垃圾時不要只是抱怨或投訴,而是把它撿起來回收或丟到垃圾桶。七十年代我們有垃圾蟲叫人「不要亂拋垃圾」,今天我們身體力行的呼籲人執垃圾。「拾荒救地球」是商店、品牌公司甚至每個人都可以參與的運動。如果你有興趣跟參與我們的活動或有任何想法,請發電郵到 [email protected]  或 致電 3104 3107 與Debby Chan 聯絡!

6 March

VITA WATER wins the most popular “Brand on the Beach” award
維他純蒸餾水奪得「沙灘上的品牌」冠軍

Press Release – 6 th March 2013

Living Lamma volunteers collected and sorted waste found in Pak Kok beach on Lamma Island by brand label. After 3 clean ups, 1112 plastic bottles with 761 different identifiable brand labels were found.

VITA WATER is the brand which has the most bottles (23% of all identifiable bottles) littering the beach surveyed. In second place is BONAQUA with 13% of bottles found. In third place was COOL Water with 11% of identifiable bottles found. A full report is attached.

Jo Wilson, campaigner at Living Lamma explained, “I was not surprised. People always think garbage on the beach comes drifting down the Pearl River Delta. We chose to monitor this beach as the rubbish we found there in the past largely contained local brands. Our findings show that beach litter is our own problem. Many people don’t realize that litter on the streets and slopes will end up in our seas, and back onto our beaches.”

Paul Zimmerman, CEO, Designing Hong Kong added, “We hope that brand names like VITA will take action and use their labeling to remind consumers to dispose bottles properly. At the same time, the Hong Kong community should consider adding a recycling charge onto plastic bottles and not just glass bottles, to promote recovery and return for recycling use.”

Living Lamma and Designing Hong Kong see the “Brand on the Beach” award event as part of a growing “Pick It Up” attitude in Hong Kong. People are responding to a positive attitude which promotes: “Don’t just look at the trash or complain about it, pick it up.” Last summer, members of the public helped clear up plastic pellets after the Vicente Typhoon. The AFCD has removed waste bins from Country Parks and asks people to carry their waste out of the parks. An increasing number of people are getting involved in coastal clean-up campaigns.

“Next, we hope fast food chains will ask patrons to return their food tray to a cleaning station before leaving. Maybe they can consider discount coupons in return. It is no longer about ‘not littering’, but about ‘picking up’ garbage. A campaign everyone including retailers and brand companies can help with.” Paul Zimmerman concluded.

The next clean up on Lamma will be on Sunday April 14th, anyone who is interested please send email to Jo at [email protected]

Enclosed:
1) ‘Brand on the Beach’ Report
2) ‘Brand on the Beach’ Photo Gallery

   

新聞稿 – 2013年3月6日

自十二月起,活在南丫的義工們每個月到一次南丫島的北角村沙灘收拾垃圾,將垃圾按品牌分類。三次清潔行動共收集得1112個膠樽,當中761可辨認出其品牌。

在可辨認出其品牌的沙灘垃圾膠樽之中,維他純蒸餾水共佔百分之廿三,贏得冠軍。亞軍由佔百分之十三的飛雪礦物質水所奪; Cool 礦泉水以輕微之差(百分之十一)得季軍。詳情可參閱完整報告。

活在南丫的參與者Jo Wilson說:「我們總以為沙灘垃圾是從珠江三角洲漂流過來,而不知道我們是沙灘垃圾的始作俑者。我們驚見南丫島的北角村充滿本地品牌的垃圾,原來我們在街上亂丟或棄置在斜坡上垃圾,最後都會落到大海然後回到我們的沙灘上。這個沙灘對著香港島,不時有本地品牌垃圾漂上岸所以我們決定在清潔這個沙灘。」

創建香港的行政總裁司馬文補充:「我們希望品種公司如維他能夠利用他們的力量呼籲消費者不要亂丟垃圾,幫忙回收。同時間,我們除了考慮開徵玻璃樽回收稅外,更應該考慮膠樽回收稅以增加膠樽回收的數量,善用資源。」

活在南丫及創建香港指「沙灘上的品牌」是「拾荒救地球」運動的其中一個活動,希望令市民能正面的思考垃圾問題,「當我們見到垃圾時不要只是抱怨或投訴,而應該把它撿起來回收或丟到垃圾桶。」上年夏天韋森特襲港後,市民積極到各沙灘執拾膠珠。當漁農處移除各郊野公園的垃圾桶,要市民自備垃圾袋時,我們需要更多市民參與清潔海岸運動。

司馬文總結「下一步,我們希望連鎖快餐店能呼籲客人自覺的把餐盤處理好才離開。快餐店用優惠卷就能輕易的吸引顧客去做。我們不再叫人『不要亂拋垃圾』而是『拾起來』。『拾荒救地球』是商店、品牌公司甚至每個人都可以參與的運動」

下一次「沙灘上的品牌」清潔沙灘行動會於4月14日舉行,有興趣參加的朋友可以通過電郵[email protected]向Jo報名。

附件:
1)「沙灘上的品牌」報告
2) 「沙灘上的品牌」攝影集