Tsing Yi shipyards hold out on moves

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 16 December, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 16 December, 1998, 12:00am

To date, 14 north Tsing Yi shipyards still have not accepted the Government's offer of new yard sites to be granted under private treaty, according to a government spokesman.

Acting Secretary for Planning, Environment and Lands, Patrick Lau, said the Government hoped the shipyards would make an early decision on the offer.

Mr Lau said the Government had met representatives of the affected shipyard operators several times, and had briefed them about the clearance and the terms under which they could relocate.

The 14 shipyards have fought the Government for the past four years for better compensation and longer lease terms before they agreed to move to new sites.

Mr Lau, replying to a question from Democrat Lee Wing-tat in the Legislative Council, said the shipyard representatives had made several counter-proposals on the terms before the original clearance date.

The Government was considering these proposals and would reply to the representatives this week.

The Government also is preparing for the clearance, which includes co-ordinating items of work among government departments, handling technical issues and fixing a new clearance date.

The Government could not carry out the clearance work in October as planned originally due to the negotiations with the shipyards.