Mortuary site angers residents
Plans to establish a mortuary in Mount Davis Road have caused uproar among residents, who say the Government's consultation process was inadequate.
The three-storey complex was gazetted for public comment in May last year, but residents claim they had no idea until months later, when the official objection period ended.
Peter Kennedy, whose flat overlooks the site next to Chiu Yuen Cemetery just off Pok Fu Lam Road, said it was a telling sign of the ineffectiveness of the consultation process that most residents were not aware of the development. 'An obvious test of consultation is that people know about it,' he said. 'Only a handful of over 100 people who attended an open forum in February knew. People feel really cheated.'
To exacerbate matters, Mr Kennedy said the Town Planning Board would not accept any late objections at its meeting on March 5.
A senior Planning Department official said the board had followed proper procedures and it was the role of district councillors and officers to seek and reflect the public's views.
The relocation of the Victoria Public Mortuary to the Mount Davis site was accepted by the Central and Western District Council in February last year in view of the fact that 'the new site was more remote from the residential area', according to council minutes.
But the district councillors have now mounted a campaign against the proposal in response to the public outcry.
Next Sunday, protesters will march from the cemetery in Sai Nai Street, Kennedy Town, uphill to the Chiu Yuen cemetery.