Fate of tiny footpath unresolved

PUBLISHED : Friday, 13 June, 2003, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 13 June, 2003, 12:00am

The fate of what might be the narrowest footpath in Hong Kong remains unresolved after members of the Central and Western District Council met the Lands Department yesterday.

'We were told that since the footpath is private land, the government can only persuade the landlords to take action and widen the footpath,' councilor Stephen Chan Chit-kwai said after the meeting.

'The issue has been bothering us for 40 years and there is still no solution now.'

The council urged the government to pull down a wall and widen the footpath, which is too narrow even for a trolley. The footpath is a segment of the Pokfulam Road between St Paul's College and St Stephen's Church.

'Many students use the footpath everyday and it is very dangerous for them,' Mr Chan said.

The vice-principal of St Paul's College, Wong Hon-wing, and the administrative officer of St Stephen's Church, Daniel Cheung Pak-kong, agree the footpath should be government land, even if both men cannot agree on its precise jurisdiction.

While Mr Wong insists the wall is the property of St Stephen's Church, Mr Cheung disagrees: 'I always think the wall belongs to St Paul's.'

Neither the district council nor the government has yet contacted either Mr Wong or Mr Cheung.

'Of course, we will talk to them if they tell us what they want,' said Mr Wong, a view shared by Mr Cheung.