Clearance vote hinges on payout
By CONNIE LAW
LEGISLATORS have vowed to reject a $721 million funding request for the Rennie's Mill clearance project unless the Government improves its compensation to residents.
They will vote on the proposal on Friday.
The Deputy Secretary for Planning, Environment and Lands, Leo Kwan Wing-wah, said that if the clearance did not go ahead, a site for 12,000 public housing flats would be lost.
The administration said it had increased ex gratia payments by 46 per cent to $5,037 a square metre. Each household would get an average $210,000.
Residents have pressed for a Home Ownership Scheme flat for each cottage or for an ex gratia payment based on the price of a scheme flat in the area.
United Democrat Albert Chan Wai-yip and Liberal Party member Selina Chow Liang Shuk-yee said they were extremely dissatisfied with the compensation.
Lawmakers said those hit by the clearance should be given a public housing flat.
but Mr Kwan said a Legal Department check had shown the administration had no legal obligation.