Beautiful village under threat

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 06 November, 1993, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 06 November, 1993, 12:00am

SHEK O is one of the last authentic Chinese villages on Hong Kong Island which is characterised by white sand, clean sea water and a beautiful mountain backdrop.

It is relaxing to meander around its ancient temples, shanty cafes and the old cottages which surround the village square. A lot of picnickers visit the area every day, especially at night.

However, this scene is disappearing fast.

These days, Shek O residents often have to put up with noisy traffic congestion caused by illegal parking from drivers who don't even live in the village, bikes for rent, illegal cooked food stalls and restaurants that allow parking only if you eat at their establishments.

However, what surprises the residents most is that police are not taking any action to either alleviate the congestion or stamp out illegal parking (especially on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays).

And as a resident, I am extremely concerned that in the event of an accident in the village, fire engines, ambulances and the police would be unable to get there on time.

Do police patrol the village? Are traffic wardens in the village each day or even once a month? Is there any way of checking those restaurants that exercise full control over parking lots? It is the job of the police to control traffic and of the Urban Services Department to clear illegal cooked food stalls.