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.
Lunch with Carrie Lam? Expect plenty of waste
Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor is expected to lobby for support to expand the city's three landfills when she hosts a lunch today for leaders of the district councils where the tips are located.
The chief secretary has invited chairmen of councils in Tuen Mun, Yuen Long, Sai Kung and North District to join her for lunch at her home on The Peak.
Lam has been co-ordinating the administration's efforts over the past few months to rally support for the controversial move.
Tuen Mun chairman Lau Wong-fat said he would reiterate his call for the government to scrap its landfill expansion plans.
"Two months after the Legislative Council Finance Committee deferred the plan to extend the Tuen Mun landfill, the government has yet to come up with any concrete proposals to mitigate the negative environmental impact of landfills," he said.
Lau, who is also chairman of the Heung Yee Kuk, representing the interests of indigenous New Territories residents, said the government was all talk when it came to easing the pollution of the tips. "Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying said in July Tuen Mun residents are owed something for putting up with this polluting landfill … But what has been done to compensate us?" he said.
Plans to extend the Tuen Mun and Ta Kwu Ling landfills were deferred in July. That was a month after the Tseung Kwan O expansion plan was withdrawn by Legco's public works subcommittee amid strong opposition.
So Sai-chi, chairman of North District, said he expected the landfills plan would be among the issues discussed at today's lunch. So said he supported the Ta Kwu Ling extension provided the government offered effective measures to mitigate its impact.
"Our district should take into account the overall interests of Hong Kong residents," So said.
Sai Kung chairman Ng Sze-fuk and Yuen Long chairman Leung Che-cheung were also invited to the lunch. The government plans to reapply for funding to expand the landfills next year.
Separately, 22 Sai Kung councillors backed a motion to censure colleague Christine Fong Kwok-shan, who they say raised funds illegally in the campaign against the Tseung Kwan O plan.