Plans for public mortuary anger Mount Davis residents
About 100 angry Mount Davis residents yesterday staged a car parade to protest against government plans to build a public mortuary near their homes.
The residents drove from Mount Davis Road to the Chiu Yuen cemetery, past the proposed mortuary site.
Banners denouncing the Government for its lack of consultation hung from the fleet of 30 vehicles taking part.
Central and Western District councillor Yeung Wai-foon said they objected to the plan because of road safety concerns.
A three-storey complex to house the Victory Public Mortuary was gazetted for public comment last May but residents claimed they had no idea of the move until months later, after the official two-month objection period ended.
But the Government insists it got the approval of the Central and Western District Council before last May.
Yesterday, Mr Yeung denied the Town Planning Board had approved the move. He admitted officials had tabled the plans in a one-line statement among three other construction documents.
The Planning Department said the Town Planning Board had followed proper procedures.
Residents' representative Andrew Chee yesterday said they all objected strongly to the move.
He questioned the Government's plan to relocate the old mortuary from an industrial area of Kennedy Town, to a high-class residential area.
Mr Chee said one of the Government's reasons for the relocation was the residential redevelopment of Kennedy Town. 'Is it fair for Mount Davis residents?' he asked.
He said residents were also concerned about road safety in Mount Davis as traffic would increase if the mortuary was built.
The Town Planning Board is scheduled to hear two objections tomorrow which were filed within the two-month consultation period. A further 105 objections submitted to the board after the deadline were not accepted.