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  1. News - Hong Kong - DISPUTE

    Kwai Chung residents up in arms over columbarium's 'illegal' rooftop stage

    Posted Feb 27th 2013, 12:00am by CHEUNG CHI-FAI

    ... Cheung Chi-fai chifai.cheung@scmp.com Kwai Chung residents lodge complaints over bamboo shelter for Taoist rituals on rooftop Anger over columbarium structure Disputes between Kwai Chung residents and a private columbarium have worsened after fresh complaints were filed over a temporary rooftop structure. The columbarium, Hong Dao Tang, recently erected on its roof a 100 square ...

  2. News - Hong Kong - LAND USE

    Villagers oppose private columbarium seeking recognition on Po Toi

    Posted Aug 15th 2014, 04:06am by Jessie Lau

    ... Hygiene Department as an "operating" columbarium- a prerequisite for seeking recognition under a proposed licensing scheme to regulate private niches. "We villagers all oppose ... to them." The developer of the columbarium, Splendid Resources, paid HK$3 million for 43 land lots on Po Toi in 2007. It could not be reached for comment. Work on the niches was discovered in 2012 ...

  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Government must do more to help relatives put the dead to rest

    Posted Oct 17th 2014, 04:55am by SCMP Editorial

    ... of burial places means families can never be sure when their loved ones will be laid to rest. Investigations by the Ombudsman showed that securing a columbarium niche in public cemeteries ... no choice but to turn to private columbariums, whose legality is often in doubt because of stringent restrictions in land use. Like housing and health care, burial should be a basic public service. ...

  4. News - Hong Kong - SOCIETY

    Families may be spared moving ashes of loved ones from unlicensed columbaria

    Posted Jun 18th 2014, 06:30pm by LO WEI

    ... Lo Wei wei.lo@scmp.com Proposed law to regulate mushrooming columbariums driven by ageing population will have exemptions, says government Bill won't disturb ashes of long dead Private columbariums built before 1990 will be exempt from the new licensing system proposed in a government bill that seeks to regulate the management of the final resting place for many ...

  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Explore alternatives to creating more columbariums

    Posted Jun 24th 2014, 04:56am by SCMP Editorial

    ... columbariums, many of which are environmental nuisances or potential death traps for residents nearby. It was not until 2009 that the administration began to take the problem seriously. Meanwhile, ... that can sometimes last for years. After two rounds of consultation, the government has proposed a licensing scheme to better regulate private columbariums. This is a step in the right direction. ...

  6. 59,000 more niches in public columbariums

    Posted Nov 20th 2008, 12:00am by Colleen Lee

    ... Colleen Lee The government expects to add about 59,000 new niches in public columbariums in the next five years, far fewer than the projected number of cremations- about 195,000- over the same period. Secretary for Food and Health York Chow Yat-ngok told the legislature that strong objections by residents had partly impeded progress in expanding public columbariums. He said ...

  7. News - Hong Kong

    Councillors reject cemetery traffic suggestions as 'impractical'

    Posted Sep 05th 2014, 03:55am by Arthur Chan

    ... Arthur Chan arthur.chan@scmp.com 'Impractical' cemetery traffic plans are rejected Traffic plans in the area of a proposed 11-storey columbarium at the Cape Collinson cemetery ... the area. Councillors yesterday approved the location of the columbarium, but agreed more work was needed on a traffic solution. Lawmaker Christopher Chung Shu-kun lashed out at the traffic ...

  8. News - Hong Kong - DEVELOPMENT

    High-rise Kwai Chung columbarium gets approval with 10-storey cut

    Posted Mar 22nd 2014, 04:28am by FANNY FUNG

    ... Fanny W. Y. Fung fanny.fung@scmp.com Columbarium cut by 10 storeys gets approval A controversial proposal to build the city's first high-rise private columbarium in Kwai Chung has ... that a columbarium with 23,000 niches there would be suitable and was the maximum scale that should be allowed," Town Planning Board spokeswoman Lily Yam Ya-may said. Despite the height reduction, ...

  9. News - Hong Kong - LETTER OF THE LAW

    No law to stop businesses from carving niche in housing dead

    Posted Aug 26th 2014, 04:15am by STEVEN GALLAGHER

    ... are human remains not human remains? In the last four years, there has been much news concerning unauthorised columbariums. The city has a shortage of niches for storing urns containing cremated ... has made columbariums big business. In Hong Kong's market-driven economy, it is no surprise that businesses want to cash in on the demand and lack of regulation. Even monasteries have ...

  10. News - Hong Kong - DEVELOPMENT

    First high-rise columbarium plan sparks concerns over traffic and crowd management

    Posted Dec 13th 2013, 11:33am by FANNY W. Y. FUNG

    ... High-rise columbarium plan must be scaled down The Town Planning Board has struck down a proposal to build the city's first high-rise columbarium, telling the land owner to reduce the scale of the development in light of concerns over crowd management and traffic. However, the approval of an application to rezone the industrial site for columbarium development marks the first change of its ...




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