Authority must keep waterfront green

PUBLISHED : Monday, 28 January, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 28 January, 2013, 3:04am

I think it is necessary for a statutory harbour authority, which will be able to plan, design and manage the waterfront, to be established in Hong Kong.

This is especially important given that Tsim Sha Tsui, Kai Tak and the waterfront along the northern shore of Hong Kong Island "will be the first areas" that the proposed authority will revamp ("Facelift for 3 harbourfront areas", January 18).

A beautified harbourfront is extremely important for Hong Kong. It must be an integral part of our tourism development strategy as these revamped locations will become tourist landmarks and stimulate the economy.

In his maiden policy address, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying talked about turning the "former runway tip" of the old airport into a "Kai Tak Fantasy".

He described recreation facilities and "edutainment" reflecting Kai Tak's "unique aviation, maritime and transportation history".

It is important that the harbourfront is made more vibrant and pedestrian-friendly, so that it can become another destination for Hongkongers wanting to relax at weekends and on public holidays.

It would be a terrible waste if we did not make better use of this superb natural resource.

Discussions over whether the city needed a statutory harbour authority have gone on for almost 10 years. We cannot move ahead if we do not have a body like this, which will have the power to make changes.

I think the emphasis, when it comes to these three areas, should be on relaxation and recreation.

They should not be used as an extension of the business district. There can be some malls and hotels, but there must be a lot of greenery, an area which citizens can enjoy.

Katie Lee, Ma On Shan