Inflexible attitude puts families off country parks
I refer to the two letters which appeared under the headline 'Public transport not always viable option' (Sunday Morning Post, November 11), from David Pollard and from the Commissioner for Transport.
Contrary to the commissioner's claim, Parkview does not have hourly parking for non-residents going to Tai Tam Country Park. The nearest hourly parking for the country park is at the junction of Wong Nai Chung Gap and Tai Tam Reservoir roads and Park Place, but this is not close to the park's entrance. You have to walk for 500m up a steep hill to reach it. The pavement is narrow and there is a lot of traffic, which causes problems if you have young children. Walkers would prefer to conserve their energy for the country park trails.
On the other side of Tai Tam Reservoir Road near the Tai Tam Tuk reservoir, there are also no parking facilities. I hope the Commissioner for Transport would not suggest parking in Redhill Plaza, because there is simply no pedestrian link to the country park entrance.
We cannot all rely on public transport to get to country parks. As Mr Pollard pointed out, families can have real difficulties if they try to use public transport. Take, for example, Pak Tam Chung in Sai Kung, which is a restricted country park. On Sundays and public holidays, the buses are infrequent. When a bus finally arrives, it is full and you cannot get on. As a parent with a toddler, it is therefore impossible for me to use the buses.
A family going to Tai Tam from the New Territories, is bringing with it picnic equipment and sometimes pets, such as dogs. Such families have to use a car. And yet they are all supposed to find room in a car park with only six parking spaces.
It is because the Government is ignoring people's needs, that the country parks are under-utilised and people are forced to park their cars illegally along Tai Tam Reservoir Road.