From pretty village to concrete town

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 14 May, 2002, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 14 May, 2002, 12:00am

It seems that the Government will not be satisfied until it has covered every available inch of Hong Kong with concrete. This is urban blight gone mad.

Not long ago the South China Morning Post carried a series of articles concerning the over-zealous use of concrete on trails in our country parks. Now I am witnessing the same phenomenon in my village, Sheung Sze Wan, in Clear Water Bay.

I have only lived in the village for just over a year, but in this time we have had the road widened, roadside vegetation cut back and covered with concrete that has been painted yellow, and we are now having had new drains installed (maybe necessary work). Officials have also deemed it necessary to put up steel railings, the kind you see by pedestrian crossings.

Is the incidence of injury from people toppling off the side of the pavement so great that this drastic measure is called for?

A pretty rural village is being turned into another concrete town. Can someone from the relevant government department explain?


Clear Water Bay