Fight for garden goes to Privy Council

PUBLISHED : Friday, 10 January, 1997, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 10 January, 1997, 12:00am

A grandmother, fighting to keep government bulldozers out of her garden after it was placed under a compulsory purchase order, yesterday won permission to take her case to the Privy Council.

Fok Lai-ying and husband Lai Sui-chi said they were willing to spend millions of dollars in the battle to keep hold of the 3,000 square foot back garden plot near Sha Tin.

The Government has offered $700,000 compensation after slapping a compulsory purchase order on two-thirds of the land which it needs for a village expansion scheme.

But Ms Fok claims the Government should have given her notice so she could challenge the order.

Although the house is not included in the order, Ms Fok claims the Government's plans will destroy her home and view.

Ms Fok was granted leave to take her case to the Privy Council in London after a brief hearing at the Court of Appeal.