Central shops threatened with closure as owners pressed to build footbridges

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 13 September, 1997, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 13 September, 1997, 12:00am

Two shops in Entertainment Building face closure as the Buildings Department presses the owner to build footbridges after three people were killed when they were run down in Wyndham Street.

A fashion shop and a beauty salon on the second floor of the building are believed to be occupying the space reserved for the entrances to the walkways.

The department's chief building surveyor Lam Siu-tong said yesterday it would ask the owner, Hysan Development, for an explanation.

Mr Lam said: 'We shall ask them to explain why they rented out the space. The space should be a public passage in our plan. If we find they have breached the lease, we will take legal action to force them to comply.' Mr Lam admitted the department had overlooked the problem until recently because there had been no complaints.

Two footbridges were planned, one across Wyndham Street to Central Tower and the other across Queen's Road Central to the China Building.

The three people were killed when an unmarked police car ploughed into lunchtime pedestrians in Wyndham Street last month.

Central and Western District Board member Kam Nai-wai, who yesterday inspected the crash site with officials, said Hysan Development should be asked to surrender the rentals it had collected from the two shops.

Hysan has claimed technical problems delayed the footbridge construction.