Important area must be closely monitored

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 08 May, 2001, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 08 May, 2001, 12:00am

I am delighted to read that the Town Planning Board has decided to re-zone much of Tai Long Wan as a conservation area (report headlined, 'Scenic spot saved from builders', South China Morning Post, April 28).

This will prevent further pressure from development destroying what is one of Hong Kong's best natural and historical tourist areas.

However, I urge the Government not to stop at this. Preventing development by zoning is not the be-all and end-all solution towards Tai Long Wan's plight.

In order to preserve Tai Long Wan for today's Hong Kong citizens and our children, the Government should consider setting up a management framework that monitors any detrimental activity in Tai Long Wan.

One example is the soil erosion in the stream where the mangrove forest is in Tai Long Wan, caused by the construction of a pathway along one side of the stream from the hiking path towards Ham Tin Village. Another is the litter across Tai Wan, some swept in from the sea and some left by campers and hikers. Tai Long Wan can remain the jewel of Sai Kung's peninsula as long as it is kept clean and not over-developed. It can serve as an education field site for the younger generation, with its wealth of ecological, geomorphological and archaeological assets.

I look forward to re-visiting Tai Long Wan when I return to Hong Kong.


Lancaster, England