Spoiling the view

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 01 August, 2002, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 01 August, 2002, 12:00am

The recently renovated changing and shower facilities at the west end of Deep Water Bay, close to Victoria Recreation Club, have been badly designed.

This is a classic case of bureaucrats displaying a lack of common sense and wasting taxpayers' money.

Before the renovation there were changing rooms, but they had outdoor showers.

Therefore swimmers could shower in the open air. It was a perfect arrangement.

We could all talk together and share a joke while enjoying the marvellous sea view.

Now separate men's and women's shower rooms have been constructed similar to the facilities you find in Hong Kong's swimming pools.

There is a permanent roof and plywood boards shut out the sunlight and the great view.

We now have fluorescent lights and electric fans which must use up a lot of electricity.

This is not energy-efficient and the shower rooms are cramped and damp.

During busy periods, at weekends and on public holidays, you see men and boys queuing up for the male showers, while many of the women's showers remain unused.

Some open-air showers had been left as a temporary measure, but they have now been shut off, forcing more people into the overcrowded new building.

I urge officials to bring back the open-air showers and modify the new facility.

I hope this is not the first stage in a plan to erect these shower rooms at all Hong Kong's gazetted beaches. That would be a disastrous move.

I urge other beachgoers to write in support of my plea and stop more of these shower rooms being built.