Environment and Conservation News

Details of environmental and conservation issues FSK is currently involved in. Members of the public are encouraged to get involved to help preserve the Sai Kung environment and its unique wildlife.

Actions to stop incompatible small house development

Actions to stop incompatible small house development

In November 2013, more than 30,000 objection letters have been sent to the Town Planning Board protesting against the large village zone in Hoi Ha, Pak Lap and So Lo Pun draft OZP. 

The comment period for those OZPs will end on 14 February 2014. Save Our Country Parks is asking the public to help stop incompatible small house development in country park enclaves. Details will be announced during the press conference:

Date: 10 February 2014 (Monday)
Time: 14:30
Venue: Inmedia Office, 9/F, Foo Tak Building, Wan Chai

If there is any enquiries, please contact Debby Chan by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 3104 3107

 

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Application number A/SK-CWBS/14

Application number A/SK-CWBS/14
Dear sirs,

I write on behalf of Friends of Sai Kung to register strong objections to the above named application.

This is a proposal to rezone the application site in Mau Po from “Green Belt” to “Village Type Development”.

We have the following comments:

A) GENERAL

1. We have observed with disquiet that the Planning Department and Town Planning Board have in the last year been
increasingly zoning Green Belt as V Zone or development. In the last year some 107 hectares of Green Belt was zoned
for residential building development - a fivefold increase over the previous year.

2. This is very disappointing given that the Town Planning Board has imposed a general presumption against development on Green Belt zones.

3. To our astonishment, in its zealous search of land for housing, the Government has picked the Green Belt zones for development. This violates long established
planning principles.

4. There should be a public consultation before such a drastic change of policy, in order to set out defined regulations to minimize any adverse environmental impact
brought about by developing Green Belt zones which are of so much importance.

Representations on Hoi Ha, Pak Lap and So Lo Pun

30,075 representations oppose development in Hoi Ha, Pak Lap and So Lo Pun

 

The Town Planning Board has posted the gist of the 32,567 representations it received on its website. 30,075 (92%) oppose development in Country Parks against 2,492 (8%) which seek increased development in Country Parks.

10,934 representations were received for Hoi Ha (Sai Kung). 812 seek more development, 10,122 call for protecting the country park from development.

10,775 representations were received for Pak Lap (Sai Kung). 800 seek more development and 9,975 call for protecting the country park from development

10,858 representations were received for So Lo Pun (Plover Cove). 880 seek more development and 9,978 call for protecting the country park from development.

The deadline for comments on the representations is 14 February 2014. Here is a summary overview.

Administration's Responses to questions raised by Friends of Hoi Ha/Save Our Country Parks at the hearing of LegCo's Complaints Panel on Monday 18 November 2013 Questions for LegCo on 18 November 2013.docx

Dear Honourable Members of LegCo’s Complaints Panel and Attendees of the Monday 18 November Panel Meeting at LegCo

Administration’s Responses – Our Comments

Please find attached:

· The questions we submitted to the Complaints Panel before the meeting on Monday 18 November

· The Powerpoint presentation we gave to the Panel on Monday 18 November

· The answer we received from the Administration

· The comments of FOHH on the Administration’s Responses – which are copied here below

 

Comments for LegCo Members who will meet on Monday 23 December with officials regarding our complaints about Hoi Ha's OZP

Please find attached our comments on ‘The Administration's response to the deputation's concerns and requests, LC Paper No. CRM 377/13-14(01).’

We hope these comments will be of use to you when you meet with officials regarding our complaints concerning Hoi Ha’s OZP at a meeting at LegCo on Monday 23 December at 10 am.

Object to collusion between village developers and Government

Object to collusion between village developers and Government


How do you explain this?

Records (below) of land sales in Hoi Ha and Pak Lap, two enclaves in the Sai Kung Country Parks, show how villagers have sold their agriculture land to developers in recent years. Guess what, the new draft outline zoning plans show that these exact areas are zoned for development - development which will damage the integrity of the country parks.

Let’s ignore, as the Government does, that the Small House Policy is to provide homes for sons of villagers, not for wanton development. Coincidence or collusion? Did someone get lucky? Did developers have some spectacular foresight? Did developers twist the arms of the Planning Department?

2 SKC-incinerator-related dates for your diary

2 SKC-incinerator-related dates for your diary in this coming week:

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THIS FRIDAY 13 DECEMBER AT 8PM - Secretary for the Environment K.S.Wong will visit Cheung Chau to discuss with local people the proposed incinerator for Shek Kwu Chau.

The meeting will take place in the offices of the Cheung Chau Rural Committee on Cheung Chau Beach Road, a 5 minute walk from the ferry piers.

The express purpose of the meeting is to hear the opinion of local people about the SKC incinerator. Anyone is welcome to attend and express an opinion.

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Public consultation

Dear Friends,
各位朋友:

PLease also noted that there will be a Public consultation of this issue on this Friday(13th Dec,2013) in Cheung Chau at 8:00pm held by the Cheung Chau rural council. The Head of Environmental Bureau ,Mr Wong Kam Shing will come . Hope that you can attached and voice your opinions.attached Pls find the notice.
本星期五(12月13日)晚上8時, 環保局長黃錦星會到長洲, 出席焚化爐的諮詢會, 希望大家能出席支持長洲居民反對在石鼓洲興建焚化爐.附上有關文件.

Tai Long Sai Wan to be Incorporated into Country Parks


新聞稿: 大浪西灣終納入郊野公園聯盟歡迎結果

(2013年12月4日)立法會今日否決由劉皇發議員提出修訂動議,把大浪西灣剔除在郊野公園範圍,最終未能順利通過,「保衛郊野公園」聯盟歡迎結果,感謝在會內對動議修訂投下反對票的立法會議員。

聯盟對於一直扭曲郊野公園設立原意的立法會議員表示失望。聯盟重申把「不包括土地」納入郊野公園有助政府主導保育工作及搞好鄉村內基本設施,大浪西灣無法納入郊野公園,對村民及社會只會是雙輸局面,必不為社會認同。

「保衛郊野公園」聯盟重申把大浪西灣納入郊野公園對村民有利,而非限制村民的生活細節。聯盟成員一直建議政府應主動提出方案,幫助西灣村以至所有「不包括土地」內的村民改善基本生活及提高當地康樂價值,這樣的策略下,郊野公園才能做到真正的可持續發展,以及「城鄉共融」的目標。

類似大浪西灣的爭議,不會因大浪西灣納入西貢郊野公園而告一段落,反而是漫長保護郊野公園運動的開始。「保衛郊野公園」聯盟呼籲政府應積極把餘下的郊野公園「不包括土地」納入郊野公園,增撥資源提升當地生態、地貌、教育、康樂、景觀價值之餘,以及加設相關配套設施,方便郊遊人士及當地村民。

傳媒查詢﹕
吳希文 電話﹕9558 9350 / 2272 0303

「保衛郊野公園」各團體包括﹕ 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、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、世界綠色組織

Press Release

Alliance welcomes the final result to incorporate Tai Long Sai Wan into Country Park

(4th December 2013) Legco has voted against Lau Wong Fat’s motion to exclude Tai Long Sai Wan from the Sai Kung Country Park. The Save Our Country Parks Alliance (The Alliance) thanks the Legco members who supported the protection of country parks from development.

The Alliance expresses its disappointment with Legco members who distorted the intention of incorporating Tai Long Sai Wan into the Country Park. The alliance reconfirms that incorporating “enclaves” into Country Park will assist the Government’s initiatives in conservation and improve basic facilities in village area. Excluding enclaves from the Country Parks would be destructive for both villagers and the society as a whole and would not have been accepted by society.

The Alliance reiterates that incorporating enclaves into the Country Park system will benefit villagers and does not restrict their daily lives. Members of the Alliance have for a long time called on the Government to initiate plans to improve the livelihood of local people in Sai Wan Village and even all country park“enclaves” and to improve the amenity and recreational value of “enclaves”. Under this strategy Country Park can truly attain the goal of sustainable development and “harmony between urban and rural space”.

The controversy surrounding the incorporation of Tai Long Sai Wan into Sai Kung Country Park is not the end, but the start of a long campaign to protect the country parks. The Alliance urges the Government to incorporate the remaining country park “enclaves” into the adjoining Country Parks, and to allocate resources to improve the ecological, geological, recreational and aesthetic value of “enclaves”, and to enhance the ancillary facilities for the benefit of tourists as well as locals.

Media contact: Roy Ng 9558 9350 / 2272 0303

Members of Save Our Country Parks Alliance: 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 (HK), Greeners Action, Green Communities, Green Peace, Green Power, Green Sense, Hong Kong Bird Watching Society, Hong Kong Dolphin Conservation Society, Society of Hong Kong Nature Explorers, Hong Kong Outdoors, HKWildlife.net, Lantau Buffalo Association, Sai Kung Tai Long Wan Concern Group, Society of Hong Kong Explorers, The Conservancy Association, WWF Hong Kong, World Green Organisation

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