K. Wah Construction Materials Limited, with its director also a member of the Town Planning Board, was able to get approval from Town Planning Board last year to construct an asphalt plant near the future poultry slaughtering and processing plant in Sheung Shui by changing its the plan from permanent to temporary.
According to Bloomberg, Mr. Yiu Tung Lui is a director of K. Wah Construction Materials Limited since 1987. He is a member of the Town Planning Board, and a Member of Shanghai Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conferene.
The company submitted the first application in 2013, proposed to build a permanent asphalt plant on an open storage area 200 metres away from a small village Hung Kiu San Tsuen (紅橋新村) at Fu Tei Au in 2013. The plant will operate 24/7 producing at most 160 ton of asphalt every hour. The plan was strongly objected by FEHD, Agriculture Fisheries and Conservation Deparment, and Planning Department because: 1) It is 20 metres to the north of the land reserved for the poultry slaughtering and processing plant which will be operated in 2021. The asphalt plant may release hazardous fumes that can affect livestock. The risk of food contamination should be avoided; 2) No similar application has been approved on open storage area. It would set up a bad example. 3) The nature and the scale of the asphalt plant is completely incongruous with the poultry plant. But half year later, the company submitted the application again, with the asphalt plant changed from permanent to temporary for 5 years. There was no more objections from the government departments this time. The Town Planning Board has passed the application. The plant is expected to be running in the first quarter of next year.
Hong Kong Live Poultry Wholesalers Association chairman Tsui Ming-Tuen concerns about the possible contamination. “They said it was not safe. Now it is safe. Are they neglecting the lives of Hong Kongers? There is lead water. They want asphalt chicken?” He questioned that the asphalt plant should not just operate for 5 years given the amount of investment involved. He emphasizes that he does not plan to to move to the new place.
How many more members of Town Planning Board are also company directors?
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- Town Planning Board Application No A/NE-FTA/123