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Tuen Mun landfill

Legco's public works subcommittee voted on July 2, 2013, to approve a HK$35 million study of a Tuen Mun landfill expansion in the New Territories. The move has been met with strong opposition from residents, and the district council says Tuen Mun has a disproportionate share of dirty facilities such as power plants and fuel depots. Plans for another landfill, in Ta Kwu Ling, has also been drawn into the controversy. The government withdrew plans for the Tseung Kwan O site amid strong opposition.

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Carrie Lam's landfill plea to Tuen Mun council falls on deaf ears

PUBLISHED : Friday, 12 July, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 12 July, 2013, 5:24am
 

Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor has failed to persuade the Tuen Mun District Council to support a landfill extension study, despite her renewed commitment to previously pledged sweeteners.

At a special council meeting that the chief secretary attended with environment minister Wong Kam-sing, councillors told them to withdraw the plan.

The best option now is for the government to withdraw the request. If so there is no need for a filibuster and all will end in 15 minutes instead of 30 hours

They also passed a motion urging lawmakers to veto the government's request today for HK$35 million for a feasibility study on extending the Tuen Mun tip.

Even councillors affiliated with the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong, whose legislators have pledged to support the plan, joined the opposition.

Earlier in the day, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying said "Tuen Mun residents are owed" for their tolerance of polluting facilities in their district.

He also said that past planning standards and mindset could not be applied in planning Tuen Mun's future development. But his attempt to offer words of comfort proved futile.

After the council meeting, Lau Wong- fat, council chairman and a legislator said he would vote against the funding at today's meeting of the Legislative Council Finance Committee that will discuss the funding.

His six fellow lawmakers from the Business and Professionals Alliance will decide this morning how to vote.

"The best option now is for the government to withdraw the request. If so there is no need for a filibuster and all will end in 15 minutes instead of 30 hours," he said.

Radical lawmaker "Long Hair" Leung Kwok-hung has said he will mount a filibuster at today's meeting, the last in this legislative session.

Lam said the landfill was necessary under the principle of "shared responsibility and differentiated care".

"It is wrong to accuse us of being biased against Tuen Mun residents," she said.

Lam described as "unsatisfactory" progress on 10 shortlisted district-improvement measures promised in 2009 after the council gave conditional support to a sludge incinerator.

She said the Highways Department had promised to complete in two years an upgrade of Nim Wan Road, a key access route to the landfill, while a crematorium site in the district would be rezoned.

Lam will also seek extra money for a footbridge that was put on hold because of a lack of funding.

But she could not promise a rail link between Tuen Mun and Tsuen Wan - now served by light rail.

 

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daily
Put a new landfill in her back yard................that should get her some points.
megafun
Carrie ought to initiate a new landfill at Stanley or Pokfulam instead!
megafun
BTW, I was referring to - ......Lam said the landfill was necessary under the principle of "shared responsibility and differentiated care".
wailamtmhk
You need a correction in the last paragraph of this article - there is no Light Rail (MTR LRT) between Yuen Mun and Tsuen Wan. The MTR West Rail line connects the two locations, however what has been requested by many area residents is a new rail, or light rail line, that will follow near the existing Tuen Mun Highway from Tsuen Wan to Tuen Mun. This would connect many small villages and housing developments along the sea coast in this area. The existing LRT connects with the West Rail Line and joins the heavily populated areas of Tuen Mun and Tin Shui Wai with Yuen Long.
 
 
 
 
 

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