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  1. Project makes a nonsense of rules on reclamation

    Posted Dec 28th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The cavalier attitude many government officials take towards reclamation never ceases to amaze. After the furore over damage to the harbour stemming from the Central-Wan Chai bypass project, it should have been clear to officials that any reclamation needs to be carried out with full transparency and public support. Yet the Drainage Services Department appears to have ...

  2. Reclamation scaled down after lawsuits

    Posted Nov 04th 2008, 12:00am by Anita Lam

    ... was repeatedly stalled by environmentalists' suits. The High Court ruled in 2003 that harbour reclamation could only take place if an overriding public need were proved. The government has since cut the size of the temporary reclamation required for the bypass and held many consultations. Work may begin next year. ...

  3. Take reclamation talks back to square one, says hotel developer

    Posted Apr 02nd 2008, 12:00am by Nick Gentle

    ... Nick Gentle A company in partnership with tycoon Li Ka-shing's Cheung Kong (Holdings) to build a hotel in North Point wants the Wan Chai Bypass and associated reclamation plans taken ... month by the Court of First Instance that certain temporary reclamation works- which the government said were needed to build the bypass tunnel- violated the Protection of the Harbour Ordinance. ...

  4. Government must now come clean on reclamation errors

    Posted May 16th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The government's announcement not to appeal against the High Court decision regarding the Wan Chai temporary reclamation should have been accompanied by an apology to the public ... circular, in 2004 that the government would comply with the Court of Final Appeal judgment by establishing an 'overriding public need' for any future reclamation and would consult ...

  5. Reclamation 'covered by protection order'

    Posted Feb 05th 2008, 12:00am by Liz Heron

    ... Liz Heron Society presents case against harbour work Government plans for temporary reclamation near the Wan Chai waterfront are covered by the Protection of the Harbour Ordinance ... the test of 'overriding public need' required under the ordinance to overcome its strong presumption against future reclamation. The Transport and Housing Bureau announced the plans ...

  6. Hearing to begin over 'temporary' reclamation

    Posted Feb 04th 2008, 12:00am by Liz Heron

    ... Liz Heron A legal attempt to halt a government plan for temporary reclamation close to the Wan Chai waterfront is due to open in the High Court today. The Society for the Protection of the Harbour has been granted a judicial review of proposals to temporarily reclaim 10.7 hectares of the harbour around the planned Central-Wan Chai bypass tunnel. Permanent reclamation proposed ...

  7. Temporary reclamation plan defended in court

    Posted Feb 06th 2008, 12:00am by Liz Heron

    ... Liz Heron Temporary reclamation work for the Central-Wan Chai bypass will be carried out in four phases, with reclaimed land removed as each section of the road's tunnel is completed, ... The Society for the Protection of the Harbour is seeking a declaration in the judicial-review hearing that the government's temporary reclamation plans fall under the Protection of the Harbour ...

  8. Illegal reclamation work off Tuen Mun spoils mangrove

    Posted Jun 13th 2008, 12:00am by Martin Wong

    ... and that rocks and soil from that land had been dumped into the sea nearby, apparently to reclaim it. 'I have seen lots of illegal reclamations over the past 20 years, but it is the first time ... 'It is so sad, the area was once a very pretty mangrove as it was the meeting point of freshwater and seawater. But then everything was ruined when [reclamation] work started in October ...

  9. Rail link affected by harbour ruling

    Posted Mar 28th 2008, 12:00am by Anita Lam

    ... Anita Lam Construction of the cross-harbour section of the Sha Tin-Central rail line may be further delayed as a result of last week's ruling against temporary reclamation ... reclamation in the harbour is subject to the same rules as permanent reclamation. The judgment concerned reclamation for the proposed Central-Wan Chai bypass, which the government says will ease ...

  10. Harbour masters?

    Posted Apr 17th 2008, 12:00am by Christine Loh

    ... of reclamation and, five years ago, the law was tested in court. The court determined that reclamation could only proceed if it could be proved there was an overriding public need- an objective test, where the proponent had to show there was no other viable alternative, and any reclamation must be kept to a minimum. The Town Planning Board lost the case over a plan for the Wan Chai-Causeway ...




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