Glenealy paved over and fenced in
I refer to the letter 'Needless waste of taxpayers' money' (South China Morning Post, May 31) and another on June 7 headlined 'Fences needed' concerning paving blocks at Glenealy, Central.
Paving blocks are increasingly used in footpaths, especially in pedestrianisation schemes because they are environmentally friendly and can provide improvement and variation of the streetscape compared with standard concrete footpaths. No heavy machinery is required for excavation in paths paved with paving blocks. Hence, it reduces construction noise and dust. Moreover, the paving blocks can be reused after excavation.
Along Glenealy between the Albany Road and Lower Albert Road, there are railings on both sides of the road, except a small section of footpath about six metres long near the Albany Road junction. According to our records, we did not receive any complaint and have had no maintenance works on this section of footpath since April last year. Recently, utility works were carried out in this section, and the utility companies were required to reinstate the footpath at their own cost.
The Highways Department will liaise with the Transport Department on the necessity of installing railings along the footpath should we find illegal parking damaging the paving blocks.
W. H. LUK