I REFER to Mr Lau Hok-keung's letter which appeared in the South China Morning Post, on January 6, expressing his dissatisfaction with the allocation of car-parking spaces in Sha Kok Estate.
In response to his first letter on the same issue (Post, December 17), Mr Lau was informed that in order to further improve traffic flow in the estate, a number of parking spaces on the roads had to be deleted while additional spaces were created in the multi-storey car-park starting from January 1.
To minimise disturbance to car-park holders, the re-arrangement exercise was carried out during the annual allocation of parking spaces at the end of December of last year, when parking licences expired.
Priority had been given to Mr Lau to select his parking space out of the 610 spaces and during the selection exercise, a detailed layout plan showing the position of each parking space was displayed on the noticeboard to facilitate drivers.
Mr Lau had insisted on keeping the parking space which he had rented for four years, though he was told that this space might cause inconvenience to him in loading and unloading his wheelchair following the re-arrangement exercise.
He had also turned down the suggestion by this office of interchanging his parking space with other drivers.
This office made every possible effort to assist Mr Lau in locating a suitable parking space.
In conducting the re-arrangement exercise the general interests of all car-park holders and road-users in the estate had to be considered.
The allegations that no advice regarding allocated spaces had been given and that the estate office had refused to correct the situation are completely unfounded.
CHAN PAU-KUEN Housing Manager Sha Kok Estate