Court action threat over power lines

PUBLISHED : Monday, 23 January, 1995, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 23 January, 1995, 12:00am

OUTRAGED residents in the exclusive Clear Water Bay area said yesterday they will take the Government and China Light and Power to court unless construction stops on high voltage power lines cutting a swathe through their valley.

The power lines are part of the 400 kilovolt overhead transmission system connecting Black Point Power Station to Kowloon and the New Territories.

But residents said they were never told about the high voltage lines. It was not until they saw trees being cut down and helicopters swooping overhead to drop off construction material that they had any indication of the company's plans.

Work is partially completed on the four high voltage pylons which pass through the valley behind Fei Ngo Shan Road, with its houses valued at more than $40 million.

'When we bought here eight years ago we were told the valley would be undisturbed,' said Lachmi Butani, a Fei Ngo Shan Road resident.

'Our concern is for the health and safety of those of us who will be living next door to these lines.' According to the company, 'residents whose interests might be affected directly or indirectly by the [power line] route alignment were sought and considered', as far back as 1992.

But residents in the area maintain they were never approached, and last week banded together to form an action group to fight the development.

James Shea, chairman of the Black Point Objection Committee, said: 'We are prepared to do whatever it takes to stop this, and take whatever legal means we have.

'We will not sit by and watch this area destroyed.' Part of a new luxury housing development off Clear Water Bay Road will be situated directly under the power lines.

'There are health risks from these [electro-magnetic fields] and we have serious concerns over them,' said Mr Shea.