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.
The proposed Asphalt Plant is so close to the land reserved for the poultry plant.
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?
Company director is also a Town Planning Board member
Hung Kiu San Tsuen is a small village to the north of Sheug Shui. A Tin Hau temple has been found there since 1721, the 60th year of Kangxi of Qing dynasty. [Source: Openlife, wiki]
This is Sheung Shui, of course. I wonder why the smugglers didn’t drive the reporter away. Anyway, the woman’s shirt at 18 seconds may be the motto of smugglers, or their clients: Don’t trust anyone.
Onkar Farwaha@facebook wrote: The irony of the lady’s shirt at 18 seconds!
The Town Planning Board will start reviewing the proposal to build a temporarily frontier shopping mall in Fu Tei Au (near Lo Wu Station) tomorrow. However, several government departments have objected the proposal. The Security Bureau questioned that the applicant does not clearly demonstrate how customers can visit the shopping mall as Lo Wu Station is a restricted area. Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department pointed out that the proposed area is a farmland, there are farming activities nearby, and 450 metres to the west is Ho Sheung Heung Egretry. Environmental Protection Agency concerned that the project may violate the policy where sewage cannot be discharged into Deep Bay, and may affect the water quality of Ng Tung River (also known as River Indus). The Drainage Services Department worried that there is a risk of flooding after the shopping mall has been constructed.
Source: Oriental Daily 2015/07/02
Green area near Lo Wu Station on the east side of the track, taken in the early morning of June 2015 on a train to Lo Wu
A proposal to build a temporarily frontier shopping mall in Fu Tei Au has been submitted to Town Planning Board by indigenous people, with budget of 50 million dollars. The construction area is about 30,000 square metres. It will be running for three years.
The shopping mall will be located at Lo Wu Station Road, inside a closed area near Lo Wu Station. The building size is around 19,300 square metres and has two floors. Its operating time is 10 am to 8 pm. One of the proposers said the shopping mall will not disturb people because the proposed area is uncultivated and there is no residents nearby.
This is the third shopping malls proposed by the axis of indigenous, landlords, and pro-Peking politicians, after Nam Sang Wai and San Tin / Lok Ma Chau.
Comments can be made to Town Planning Board by 5th June at http://www.info.gov.hk/tpb/tc/plan_application/A_NE-FTA_152.html
The google map of the proposed shopping mall:
Today (2015/05/14) the owner of an Internet Cafe in Sheung Shui has posted this notices on a facebook group “North District 北區”. It says:
DIPLOMACY BEFORE RESORTING TO WAR
People lacking civic virtue or their humanoid pets have been urinating and defecating in the back alley of our shop recently. This severely affects public hygiene. Because the incompetent government keeps passing the buck, if our company finds that the above situation appears again, we will install an automatic sprinkler washing system at our backdoor. Whoever wants to have the system removed will have to pay at least $3000 installation and removal fees.
It also receives attention from Passion Times.
The Chinese People’s Liberation Army garrisoning at Sai Wai Barracks / Gallipoli Lines has been found directly discharges their waste water into Ng Tung River (River Indus). The waste water is white with unpleasant odor, and smells like food gutter oil. Mr Lau, who made this video, has filed complaints to the Environmental Protection Department of Hong Kong but to no avail.
According to Garrison Law of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of Article 16, members of the Hong Kong Garrison should abide by the national laws and the laws of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.
Location: San Wai Barracks, Kwan Tei North, Fanling, Hong Kong (Drainage Services Department Number CH 6+600).
GPS : 22.509435, 114.154741
Times of recording:
- 2015/04/08 14:44
- 2015/04/10 14:05
- 2015/04/16 13:14
- 2015/04/17 14:32
You can also follow the FB discussion on the original video.
Ng Tung River is a nice place for cycling and fishing. It is located in Northeast New Territories. A few days ago the Town Planning Board has passed the two Northeast New Territories Outline Development Plans for Fanling North and Kwu Tung North without any modification. People believe that the natural scene will be erased by this mega development project.