Eyesores targeted

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 16 October, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 16 October, 2008, 12:00am

An adviser on harbourfront design has welcomed the establishment of a taskforce that will co-ordinate the work of various departments to ensure eyesores are not erected on the waterfront.

The taskforce, to be set up by the Development Bureau, will study the feasibility of conducting medium and long-term replanning of the harbour, the chief executive said. It aims to improve accessibility to the harbourfront, consult district councils and construct promenades.

The working group will focus on execution, alongside the existing advisory Harbour-front Enhancement Committee (HEC) formed by non-officials who act as advisers.

Vincent Ng Wing-shun, who chairs the HEC's subcommittee on the harbour plan review, said the taskforce would help solve problems.

'Many harbourfront sites should have been beautified and used by people. But, instead, different departments have come to us and taken them away for building refuse collection points, water pumps, drainage pipes and so on,' he said. 'We, as advisers, have no power to stop them. We can only advise them to beautify those structures. And we understand some departments are not experts in urban design.'

He hoped the taskforce would have the power to override and co-ordinate departments. Ideally, it could locate projects away from the waterfront.