Residents oppose plan to open car parks

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 08 April, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 08 April, 2010, 12:00am

The Housing Society has been accused of infringing the rights of residents at two housing estates after it sought to open up two underused car parks for public use.

Citing low tenancy rates, the society applied to the Town Planning Board for permission to open the car parks at Park Belvedere in Ma On Shan and Sunshine Grove in Sha Tin to non-residents.

The move, however, has run into opposition. A petition organised by the Sandwich Class Housing Association and signed by 1,000 residents of Park Belvedere was sent to the board yesterday.

'Our association is unhappy and agitated by the move,' the petition said. It points out that the car parks were intended for use only by residents, adding: 'The society is attempting to deprive the residents of their rights.'

The low usage rate of the estates' car parks was due to the 'expensive rents' which forced residents to use facilities nearby instead, it said.

However, a spokesman for the society said rents at the estates' car parks were cheap compared to many others.

At Park Belvedere, only 40 per cent of the 441 parking spaces were rented out, while at Sunshine Grove, 65 per cent of the car park's 241 spaces were rented. 'We just do not want to waste these parking spaces,' the spokesman said.

The Town Planning Board is to discuss the application later this month.