Banyan tree posed hazard
I REFER to the reports and letters from residents of Lamma Island concerning the trimming of the banyan tree at Yung Shue Wan Main Street. The trimming of some of the branches of this banyan tree was done in response to a complaint from residents that these branches protrude into the windows and roofs of the premises in the vicinity.
The residents were worried that these branches could endanger life and property particularly during a typhoon. We considered this complaint and felt that the request to trim those branches that would cause a nuisance and danger to the adjacent properties was justifiable.
Notices advising our proposed trimming work were served to the Rural Committee and were posted on site on June 7.
We did not receive any objection to the proposal and the trimming work has therefore been carried out. It is not and has never been our intention to damage or destroy this tree and our trimming of some of the branches is only to avoid the danger these branches may cause to the adjoining premises and the people living in them.
The contents of the letters from the residents are noted and we appreciate their concern over this banyan tree.
I assure them it is our policy to preserve trees with high amenity value. Any felling or pruning of such trees would normally not be allowed unless with good reason and any pruning would be carried out with due care and attention.
YU KIN-MAN District Lands Officer, Islands