District Councils

HK$100m grants to district councils spark debate on public interest

HK$100m grants to district councils spark debate on public interest

The decisions of two district councils to use their HK$100 million government grants on community projects of their choice have renewed a debate over whether taxpayers' money is going into advancing the people's interest or that of politicians.

Tuesday, 18 June, 2013, 4:37am

District councillors may get 20pc more in rent subsidy

Lawmaker Ip Kwok-him

The government is set to improve district councillors' remuneration packages, and this could include a HK$6,000 rise in their operating expenses subsidy to help them with their office rent.

27 May 2013 - 4:21am

Giant butterfly sculpture causes flap in Tsuen Wan district

An artist's impression of the statue in Mongkok. Photo: SCMP

The preparation work for building two contentious district landmarks has started, despite widespread public criticism of them being too costly and even becoming eyesores.

6 May 2013 - 7:17am 3 comments

Councils to stay pragmatic on HK$100m after goose fiasco

Councillors are keen to avoid the criticism provoked by a costly goose statue that was put up in Sham Tseng, Tsuen Wan. Photo: May Tse

At least 12 district councils are planning projects to improve local facilities and health care using their HK$100 million from Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying. Councillors say they are taking a more pragmatic approach after criticism of district bodies spending millions on building statues.

29 Apr 2013 - 8:18am

Silvermine Beach to get cultural makeover

Slivermine Beach in Mui Wo. Photo: May Tse

It was a tough task for Islands District councillors - deciding which of its more than 20 islands was most in need of a HK$100 million boost. But after four meetings considering 13 proposals, they decided to put the funds towards revitalising Silvermine Beach at Mui Wo, Lantau Island.

29 Apr 2013 - 4:59am

Letters to the Editor, March 14, 2013

Calcium is very important for young children. Photo: AP

I would not be in favour of land on which underused sports facilities, yacht clubs and camp sites are located being turned into sites for new flats.

14 Mar 2013 - 2:59am

Bilingual council websites feasible

In his policy address last month, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying announced a "one-off grant" of HK$100 million for each district in Hong Kong, or HK$1.8 billion in total for all districts, to be earmarked for district councils this year to "carry out signature projects in the current term".

28 Feb 2013 - 3:37am

4 areas say a firm no to columbariums

Possible public columbariums

An initiative from the former chief executive to build columbariums in all 18 districts citywide is in danger of lapsing, after at least four district councils vowed to resist the proposal in their communities.

Councillors of the Kowloon City, Yuen Long, Sha Tin, and Central and Western districts slammed Donald Tsang Yam-kuen's policy objective as problematic and unrealistic.

14 Jan 2013 - 4:56am

Districts reject scheme to release neutered stray dogs

Districts reject scheme to release neutered stray dogs

After years of campaigning and several public consultation forums, a pilot scheme to capture, neuter and release stray dogs has been rejected in all three district councils involved in the plan.

2 Jan 2013 - 10:44am 2 comments

District councillors challenged over constituency offices

Michael Li Hon-shing

The democratic credentials of Hong Kong's district councils have come under renewed scrutiny after it emerged that seven out of 68 appointed councillors have their offices outside the area they represent, making it more difficult for their constituents to access them.

16 Dec 2012 - 4:40am

District councillors forced to open remote constituency offices

The Peak's Joseph Chan at his Central office. Photo: Warton Li

More than a year after being elected as a district councillor, Joseph Chan Ho-lim is still struggling to find an office in his Peak constituency. For now, he is making do with a 400 sq ft office a half-hour journey away, which costs more than half his HK$22,000 monthly expenses allowance.

9 Dec 2012 - 4:46am

Police to discuss impact of protests with district councils

Police Commissioner Andy Tsang Wai-hung

Police Commissioner Andy Tsang Wai-hung said the force would start consulting district councils on the impact of demonstrations on residents, a move that rally organisers fear will further restrict freedom of assembly.

14 Nov 2012 - 6:41pm