Canopy faces removal after court loss

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 17 August, 2000, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 17 August, 2000, 12:00am

A traditional Chinese-style canopy, said to have become a tourist attraction, is facing demolition after a judge refused to allow a court challenge to go ahead. The canopy, which has adorned an antiques shop in Hollywood Road, Central, since 1972, has been visited by international celebrities, including former governor Chris Patten, but a demolition order was issued by the Building Authority in 1996 stating it was an unauthorised structure and had to be removed. The decision was upheld by an appeal tribunal in February. Tang Ping-wai and Chow Sui-chee, owners of the Yue Po Chai Curios Store, launched a court challenge to the tribunal's decision. But Mr Justice Andrew Chung On-tak, in the Court of First Instance, refused to allow the case to proceed. He will give his reasons later.