Business cut short at alleyway hairdresser

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 09 March, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 09 March, 2013, 5:03am

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.