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AFCD to destroy and develop scenic barbeque site against public’s wishes

AFCD to destroy and develop scenic barbeque site against public’s wishes


Letter 1: Member of the Public

I write to object to the proposed destruction of BBQ site 1 to make way for
a Visitor Centre.

Below are my reasons:

At the meeting on the 21st January it was stated that the Visitor Centre
would be for the benefit of the 10 coach loads of people who come to Hoi Ha
each day, 5 in the morning and 5 in the afternoon.

It is rather extreme to destroy a beautiful BBQ site when these same people
could be taken either to the Visitor Centre at the park gate or else, with
some refurbishment, the AFCD premises along Hoi Ha Road to "enhance their
knowledge on conservation works and legislation of Marine Parks".

It was also stated that a coach turning area would be provided on this same
BBQ site.  Just before the BBQ site there is a coach park for 3 coaches
plus a turning area. If the 10 coaches that are permitted into Hoi Ha daily
were properly staggered the 3 existing coach parking spaces would be
adequate. There is no need to destroy the BBQ site for this purpose.

Dear All

As you may know, The Friends of Sai Kung Annual General Meeting is at 8pm on 4th April 2014 at (insert location) opposite Pepperonis restaurant.

The Friends of Sai Kung constitution as presently drafted bars a Committee member from serving on the committee for more than 3 years.

During most of the last year we have operated without a chairperson or vice chairperson because not enough FSK members are willing to join the committee.

We badly need a committee which has continuity and to keep the accumulated experience of existing committee members whilst encouraging applications to serve on the committee by fresh applicants.

If I and others are to be able to continue serving on the committee after the AGM on 4th April 2014 the constitution must be amended by a 75% majority in favour.

The vote can be taken by proxy or by members voting by email.

Please indicate “Yes” or “No” if you agree with the following resolution:

“The constitution be amended to abolish the 3 year restriction on the duration of service by committee members.”

Please send a simple email stating “Y” or “N” to John Wright at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ASAP (BEFORE 31th MARCH 2014)

If you do not reply it will be taken as no objection and therefore a “Yes”.

Please make sure you vote to help keep FSK strong.

I look forward to your early reply.

Thanks and kind regards,

John Wright

Judicial Review of the CE's decision to incorporate Sai Wan Tsuen as part of Sai Kung East Country Park " HCAL150/2013 of the High Court





NO 150 OF 2013



IN THE MATTER of an Application for Leave to Apply for Judicial Review by Mr Thomas Lai pursuant to Order 53, rule 3 of the Rules of the High Court, Cap 4A


IN THE MATTER of the Decision of the Chief Executive in Council Approving the Draft Plan (Plan No. CP/SK(E)B) of Sai Kung East Country Park on 7 May 2013


    THOMAS LAI  Applicant


Before: Hon G Lam J in Court
Date of Hearing: 27 January 2014
Date of Judgment: 28 February 2014

Dualling of Hiram's Highway

Thanks very much for your enquiry. 

As per the tele-conversation between you and our Engineer Mr. Patrick Liang on 3rd March am, please be advised that the gazette notice as referred to in your email is related to a Speed Arrester Bed (i.e. a gravel bed for bringing a vehicle to a stop in case of brake problem) previously proposed to be implemented along Hiram's Highway near Mok Tse Che. The Speed Arrester Bed proposal was withdrawn in view of the objections received and advice from Transport Department that its non-implementation will not compromise road safety. Links to related gazette notices are attached below for your information: 

FSK objection to AFCD Visitors Center on existing BBQ area at Hoi Ha

KFBG comments on Tin Fu Tsai Outline Zoning Plan No. S/TM-TFT/1

Green Groups call on the public to vote against small house developments in country parks

Green Groups call on the public to vote against small house developments in country parks

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Phase 2 Action for SOCP Campaign

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Government promises

The Tai Long Sai Wan incident in July 2010 was a reminder that country parks are at risk from development. Government promised immediate action to protect the parks. Last year,Tai Long Sai Wan was incorporated into the country park.

51 others enclaves are at risk from development

Unfortunately, for other enclaves, including Hoi Ha, Pak Lap, So Lo Pun, Pak Tam Au, To Kwa Peng and Tin Fu Tsai, large areas of land are zoned for small house development.