Wider paths plan for tidier Stanley

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 22 July, 1997, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 22 July, 1997, 12:00am

Visitors can expect a tidier market and wider paths in Stanley if a proposed facelift for the tourist attraction gets the go-ahead.

The proposal, still in its initial stage, includes constructing a multi-storey car park near the football pitch and rebuilding the Urban Council market.

The intention is to leave Stanley Market - a bargain hunters' paradise - untouched to preserve the 'rural character of Stanley'.

The Urban Council has plans to move the licensed hawkers to a new multi-storey market complex across the road from the market.

A spokesman said yesterday: 'Fixed stall operators will be given preference.' Councillors are expected to meet to discuss the plan tomorrow, she said.

The multi-storey car park is to cope with the rising number of tourists.

Hong Kong Tourist Association ranks Stanley as one of the top 10 attractions for travellers. About 15 per cent of visitors go to the market.

Southern District Board has in principle supported the plans and is awaiting further details from the Government.