Business cut short at alleyway hairdresser
While many residents welcome redevelopment by the Urban Renewal Authority (URA), at least one woman feels that it is literally causing her world to crumble.
Feng Yan-ping operates a long-established, licensed hair salon stall in the alleyway right behind the blocks slated for redevelopment.
Unluckily for her, the stall lies a few centimetres outside the official redevelopment area, so she gets no compensation even though her business is completely disrupted by the work.
"The scaffolding will cut into the stall area - right up to the barber's chair. It's impossible to do business," she lamented.
"I very much rely on this income - I have three children at home.
"They say I get nothing. But what am I to do when they do this construction for the next six to seven years?"
A URA spokesman confirmed that since the hairdresser was outside the redevelopment area, she was not entitled to any compensation.
Fang said: "Yes, I know [I'm not within the area], but if they seal off the buildings for construction, do you think I'd get to continue my work? Do you think I'd still get business?"
The hair salon is a neighbourhood institution and has been operating in the same spot for more than three decades.
Fang took over the business from her father-in-law a decade ago.
Now she is afraid the business will lose the regular customers she relies on to survive.
Her fixed-pitch hawker licence does not allow her to take her business elsewhere.