Villagers in Tuen Mun angry at building of weather radar tower

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 28 August, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 28 August, 2012, 3:20am


Villagers of Tai Lam Chung in Tuen Mun are furious that the city's Observatory is going ahead with plans to disrupt a fung shui hot spot in their village by building a radar tower.

Construction workers arrived in the village yesterday, accompanied by about 50 police officers, and started work in front of the "Azure Dragon" hot spot, despite attempts by villagers to block the road with vehicles.

The Observatory decided to build a weather radar station there in 2008, despite being offered 20 other locations.

The villagers petitioned for the tower to be moved to another location, and were supported by the Tuen Mun District Council and a rural committee.

Tai Lam Chung village chief Wu Koon-tai, 66, is angry that the Observatory ignored the villagers' opposition. "Our village was founded 400 years ago. Our ancestors set the 'Azure Dragon and White Tiger' to protect the village," Wu said. "Building a radar tower directly over the Azure Dragon will greatly affect the fung shui of our village, and that is why the villagers are so against it."

Lawyer Junius Ho Kwan-yiu has applied to the High Court for a judicial review of the plan.

Observatory scientific officer Li Ping-wah said the site was the only one that met all technical criteria as well as environmental and time factors.