Tougher laws on illegal structures

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 06 April, 2000, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 06 April, 2000, 12:00am

Laws on illegal structures may be tightened, the Secretary for Planning and Lands said.

Gordon Siu Kwing-chue said yesterday: 'We are now reviewing legislation and penalties to strengthen the law against those constructing, selling and leasing unauthorised building works, in particular illegal rooftop structures.' He told the resumed Budget debate at the Legislative Council that support would also be given to property owners to eradicate illegal structures.

Under a scheme being formulated, owners of advertising signboards must also register, Mr Siu said.

He said while the Government would do its best to raise the quality of private buildings in Hong Kong, the problem could not be solved without the public's co-operation.

'We can't rely entirely on legislation to mobilise property owners in maintaining their own properties. Basically, building maintenance is their responsibility.' Mr Siu said yesterday squatters in illegal rooftop huts who faced eviction during the planned government crackdown would not be paid any compensation.

But he stressed they would be properly rehoused.