Polluting boats query

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 23 December, 1999, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 23 December, 1999, 12:00am

I have three questions that I would like to ask the relevant government departments, through these columns.

I travel through the harbour every day and see many boats emitting smoke. I know that people can report smoky vehicles, but can we report a smoky boat if we spot one and if not, why not? My second question relates to Kowloon Park.

I work near the park and sometimes I see notices advising caution, because pesticide has been sprayed on plants. Is this wise in a public park? There are other ways to kill insects, such as with soapy water solution.

This would be kinder to children who may accidently touch the plants and to the gardeners, for whom continual exposure to pesticides can become a hormone disrupter. The higher level of predators can also be adversely affected.

For example pesticides can lead to the thinning of birds' eggshells. Insects are also unlikely to develop an immunity to the soapy solution I mentioned, but they will develop a resistance to pesticides.

I have also noticed that trucks take garden waste out of Kowloon Park. Why not allow it to rot and provide compost? I hope park management does not buy peat as a potting compound as this is an unsustainable resource.

SABINE HAIN Discovery Bay