Barrier to stop trucks from using private road

PUBLISHED : Friday, 12 September, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 12 September, 2008, 12:00am

The company that owns a private road, the site of heated protests by residents against container trucks using it, said yesterday it would install a barrier to block trucks.

It has published a notice to users of Fairview Park Boulevard, which runs through Fairview Park in Yuen Long, in a number of newspapers today accusing trucks of abusing the private road and announcing the barrier would be installed.

It is the latest move in a long-standing battle by Fairview Park residents to bar heavy trucks from using their private road as a short cut between the border and New Territories container depots.

The residents complain the trucks are a safety hazard, damage the road and reduce the quality of life in the area. The fight intensified after a 12-year-old boy was killed by a truck on the road in February last year.

A number of clashes have occurred between truck drivers and residents, who say the trucks should use the public Kam Pok Road, which was built to take container truck traffic. But drivers do not like the new route because it is longer.

Albert Lam Kwok-fai, general manager of Fairview Park Property Management, said yesterday that Lee Fat Shing Development Company Ltd, the sole owner of the road, had retained a consultant to design the barrier and had submitted to the government an application to install it.

He said he was confident the barrier would be approved because the company was just exercising its ownership of the road, backed by an earlier court judgment that it could do whatever it wanted with the road as the owner.

The ads say anyone claiming right of way over the road should contact Lee Fat Shing Development Company by October 11. 'There have been some people coming forward making occasional vague claims of their right of way,' Mr Lam said. 'We welcome them to come and talk to us.'