Government Hill

Minister pledges public discussion on conservation policy

Secretary for Development Paul Chan Mo-po attends a press conference concerning the West Wing of the former Central Government Offices and Ho Tung Gardens at Harbour Building in Central on Tuesday. Photo: KY Cheng

The government plans to put forward a conservation policy for public discussion in the second half of next year at the earliest, Secretary for Development Paul Chan Mo-po said in a television interview on Sunday.

Sunday, 9 December, 2012, 5:16pm

Ho Tung Gardens to be bulldozed; minister admits policy failure

Ho Min-kwan

The government admitted a policy failure yesterday as it decided to give up on a plan to save the historic Ho Tung Gardens on The Peak, which is held by an owner who refuses to co-operate.

It also bowed to public pressure and abandoned a scheme, put forward by the last administration, to redevelop the west wing of the former government headquarters in Central.

5 Dec 2012 - 3:39am 4 comments

Judges' pay rise may not be enough to attract new blood, say legal observers

A 5.66 per cent pay rise for judges announced yesterday has left lawyers and lawmakers sceptical as to whether it will be enough to attract new blood to join the judiciary, which is due to see a wave of retirements.

20 Sep 2012 - 4:09am

Government must change plans for west wing to avoid claims of collusion

As a concerned Hong Kong citizen, I have followed closely the public debate over the government's proposal to co-operate with a private developer to develop the west wing of the former central government offices which forms part of Government Hill.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:03pm

The right balance

If you read some media reports last week, you might think that, as chairman of the Antiquities Advisory Board, I colluded with the government and arranged that the board would vote to redevelop the west wing of the old government offices in Central. This is not really what happened, and I would like to set the record straight.

29 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Government Hill zoning plan 'violates guideline'

An independent lobby group is accusing the government of violating a Town Planning Board guideline in pushing ahead with its demolition plan for Government Hill in Central.

11 Jun 2015 - 4:29pm

Heritage expert set to examine west wing

Conservationists are hoping a heritage specialist who flies in this week can help persuade officials not to demolish the west wing of the former government headquarters in Central.

6 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Government to redevelop part of old headquarters

The government may give up its plan to sell part of the historic Government Hill to developers, but it is resolved to redevelop the west wing of its former headquarters.

'Our stance on the west wing of the old Central Government Offices has remained unchanged ... it will be demolished for redevelopment,' a Development Bureau spokesman said yesterday.

26 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Notables back conservation of west wing

The campaign to preserve Government Hill has drawn support from its architect and influential figures such as former chief secretary David Akers-Jones.

Michael Wright, who is now 99 years old and lives in London, recalled the challenges faced in constructing the former government headquarters' west wing in 1959.

10 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Church told to pay up after losing schools battle

The Court of Final Appeal yesterday ordered the city's Catholic diocese to bear the full legal costs of its failed challenge against government reforms which reduced the church's powers in schools it runs.

The ruling was the final blow in a five-year judicial review of the Education Ordinance revisions which took effect in 2004.

7 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Administration must tell us why it so badly wants to sell Government Hill

I refer to Bernard Chan's article ('Unease about rich-poor gap fuels proxy war over heritage', December 30).

6 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Unease about rich-poor gap fuels proxy war over heritage

The controversy over Government Hill is looking like a bit of a farce, and I think I know why. Let us start with a brief recap. During the property slump of the late 1990s, the government took the Tamar reclamation, which was earmarked for sale and commercial development, off the market. The site lay vacant.

30 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Appeal court cuts sentences for deadly ship crash

Two seamen involved in one of Hong Kong's deadliest maritime accidents had their jail sentences reduced by the Court of Appeal yesterday.

Eighteen seamen on board the oil rig supply ship Neftegaz-67 died when it capsized and sank after it collided with the larger dry cargo bulk carrier Yao Hai near the Brothers Islands off Lantau on March 22, 2008.

22 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

One conservation area, two systems

There is no easy formula for conserving buildings with historical value, especially when they happen to lie in areas with high development potential. But the very different response to two high-profile projects - Central Market and Government Hill - provides food for thought. Both are part of the 'Conserving Central' project aimed at preserving heritage in the heart of colonial-era Hong Kong.

7 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Government Hill is important part of HK's history and should be left alone

I refer to your editorial ('Public has stake in Government Hill', November 17) and the letter from Katty Law ('Plans to sell off Government Hill display ignorance and irresponsibility', November 19).

29 Nov 2011 - 12:00am