Developers told to take a hike
Hikers have shown overwhelming opposition to plans to build homes in an area of Sai Kung country park.
Friends of Tai Long Wan, which was set up last December, interviewed more than 500 hikers in December. More than 80 per cent were against, or strongly against, the construction of 370 small houses in the area, which was listed in an Outline Zoning Plan last April.
The blueprint was rejected by the Town Planning Board in November and the Planning Department is expected to present a revised version next month.
In the original blueprint, five village zones occupying 7.88 hectares were listed to house up to 1,000 people.
Group spokesman Joe Man Ka-kit said he hoped the survey would provide the basis for a departmental rethink. He said Tai Long Wan was one of Hong Kong's last areas to be spared human destruction.
'This is a public asset and the Government is obliged to protect it, although we fully respect villagers' rights to build their homes in their indigenous lands,' Mr Man said.
The group also collected 2,000 signatures supporting the preservation of Tai Long Wan. The survey and signatures will be sent to the Town Planning Board.
Meanwhile, the Conservancy Association is organising a Green March in Tai Long Wan to raise awareness of the need to preserve nature.