Fairview residents await nod on barrier

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 02 October, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 02 October, 2008, 12:00am

Residents in Fairview Park, on a private road through the Yuen Long housing estate, hope to end soon the saga concerning their road, which has been severely damaged by heavy truck traffic and needs repair.

The road has been used as a short cut between the border and New Territories container depots, and in February last year a 12-year-old boy was killed by a truck.

'It is now a very bumpy road,' Yuen Long District councillor Yau Tai-tai said. 'Many residents said they have been forced to replace their vehicles or replace suspensions.'

Last month, Fairview Park developer Lee Fat Shing Development said in an advertisement that anyone claiming right of way over Fairview Park Boulevard should contact the company by October 11.

'We really want to see the end of the controversy as soon as possible,' said Albert Lam Kok-fai, general manager of Fairview Park Property Management.

The company and residents want to install a barrier to block trucks from the road. 'No one has approached us [to claim right of way] so far,' Mr Lam said, adding the move was vital before any repair work.

Lun Suk-ching, chairwoman of Fairview Park Management Advisory Committee, a resident group, said trucks caused many problems in the neighbourhood. She said the road had been built over a pond and was not suitable for heavy truck traffic.

The road, maintained by residents' money, should be returned for their use, Ms Lun said. 'It is unfair for us to pay for the maintenance while the road is damaged by heavy trucks, which pay nothing.'

Although the Transport Department agrees that the road is private, it told Lee Fat Shing Development last month that approval from various government departments was required before a barrier was erected.