After publication of my letter in these columns, on May 31, regarding construction noise at the Chinese Foreign Minister staff quarters, we received a phone call from a Mr He of Xinhua (the New China News Agency) at around 3pm. He explained that they received our letters and passed our concerns on to the site contractor. Mr He said they had no enforcement powers.
On May 30, we received a letter from the police stating that 'the police and EPD have agreed an agenda for joint monitoring of the site' and 'summonses will be issued'. The Environmental Protection Department informed us that the Noise Control Ordinance will be expanded on November 1, banning noise sources other than powered mechanical equipment such as hammering. The ball is now firmly with Mr Li Ka-shing, who should send a fax to his contractors advising them to refrain from working on the sites on Sunday.
Again, last Sunday, June 2, contractors at the site used powered cranes.
PAUL ZIMMERMAN Mid-Levels