THE report of a development planned for Tai Wan To on Lamma (Sunday Morning Post, August 8) is very disturbing. The archaeological site is certainly one of major importance, and I cannot believe any responsible person in the Recreation and Culture Branch would have made the statement attributed to them by Ausser Au.
It is obvious there has been a significant failure to consult in this case. The map for the proposed storage area which I have seen shows that most of the site would be affected, and clearly a major excavation would need to be mounted before this plan could go ahead.
It seems highly likely Mr Au and other officials in the District Lands Office have failed to communicate with other Government departments before moving ahead with plans to make use of the site.
Fortunately, the villagers of Tai Wan To and other residents of Lamma brought this plan to the attention of the media, before it went any further.
What is most disturbing, is that the administrative system designed to bring SSAIs (special sites of archaeological interest) to the attention of planners at an early stage of the planning process seems to have failed in this instance. WILLIAM MEACHAM Chairman, Hong Kong Archaeological Society