Letters to the Editor, June 8, 2013

The To Kwa Wan area has been neglected. Photo: Jonathan Wong

Protect historic treasures of To Kwa Wan

As a resident of Hong Kong I have come to care deeply for this city.

Part of what makes it such a wonderful place to live in lies in the character of its distinct neighbourhoods. To Kwa Wan is among these.

Saturday, 8 June, 2013, 2:11am

Switch to 'military use' not in treaty

Central waterfront. Photo: SCMP Pictures

The government recently dropped a bombshell in suddenly announcing that a large piece of land at a most vital and sensitive location of our new Central harbourfront will be rezoned from public "open space" to "military use" for the People's Liberation Army.

15 May 2013 - 3:06am

Rezoning plan for PLA dock will limit access to harbourfront promenade

If rezoning is approved, public access to this site in front of the PLA will be limited. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

A rezoning proposal for 150 metres of harbourfront land - issued by the government during the Lunar New Year holiday week - puts flesh on the bones of a deal struck by China and Britain in 1994 that the PLA should have a military berth next to its garrison headquarters.

24 Feb 2013 - 5:02am 5 comments

Harbour site expanded to lure projects

The Harbourfront Commission has agreed to make more space for commercial developments at one of its Victoria Harbour sites to attract more investors and bring 'vibrancy' to the waterfront.

14 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Calls for u-turn on harbour complex

The government is under pressure to do a U-turn and increase commercial space along the new Central waterfront.

Consortiums seeking to develop the waterfront say the limited commercial space, and conditions attached to the project, make it financially unviable.

11 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Must Hong Kong reinvent the wheel?

We are all for clever ideas and iconic structures to make Hong Kong stand out from the pack, bring in visitors, give our city spark and put us on the map.

The 60-metre-high observation wheel that a company is keen to put on our new-look harbourfront in Central would seem to tick all the boxes. And from the artist's impression, it is certainly eye-catching.

31 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Designs for waterfront need creativity

Out-of-the-box thinking went into the design of a logo chosen to adorn signs to point the way to newly accessible parts of Victoria Harbour's waterfront.

6 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Meet the new face of our harbour - a V-shaped icon

A wave-like, V-shaped logo with colours changing from red to blue to green will adorn signs to be erected along the shores of Victoria Harbour as part of efforts to rejuvenate the harbourfront.

5 Jul 2011 - 12:00am


Don't waste potential of waterfront

The Development Bureau recently announced a 'market sounding exercise' for the Central waterfront's most important sites, running from the Star Ferry piers to the Convention Centre.

18 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Monorail would revitalise Kwun Tong, residents say

Kwun Tong residents and a lawmaker have rejected a government engineering recommendation and want a bridge - and monorail - to be built to connect their district to the future Kai Tak redevelopment.

30 May 2011 - 12:00am

Waterfront tenders raise concern

Two open spaces on the Central waterfront are to be put up for tender to private companies, raising concerns from the harbour watchdog that public access may be limited.

17 May 2011 - 12:00am

Lawmakers begin study tour to US, Canada

The subcommittee on harbourfront planning began a nine-day visit to the United States and Canada yesterday, to study waterfront development and regeneration strategies.

25 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Let's not kid ourselves about harbour water

In 2007, then secretary for environment, transport and works, Sarah Liao Sau-tung wrote in this newspaper that an ambitious government project had begun to clean up the harbour and reduce bacteria levels by 90 per cent by 2014, costing HK$20 billion over the next 10 years.

14 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Rethink needed on how we handle big projects

Look no further than the ventilation shaft planned by the Highways Department for the front of Two IFC to get an idea of what is wrong with the workings of our government. The 18-metre-high flue is an engineering necessity that will take vehicle exhaust fumes out of the tunnel being built between Central and North Point.

31 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

Dynamic planning approach essential for harbourfront

I have read a number of letters in these columns of late on design visions for the Central harbourfront.

However, we need more than design visions to realise good urban design and a vibrant waterfront in Hong Kong.

We need strong political will and a system of applicable planning implementation mechanisms.

16 Aug 2010 - 12:00am