Pat Heung

Old habits die hard in rural road row

Residents of Choi Yuen Village

What Tsoi Yuen villagers have suffered makes a great human interest story. Two years ago, their houses were flattened to make way for a cross-border high-speed railway link. They stayed united and vowed to rebuild a new village elsewhere. With government compensation and the help of the Heung Yee Kuk, the powerful rural affairs body, they thought their new homes would be ready by now.

Thursday, 21 March, 2013, 2:50am

Pet dog crippled by illegal snare in Pat Heung

A mongrel had its left front leg amputated yesterday after being caught in an illegal animal trap for about three days.

When two-year-old Ah Tai was found, his leg's skin and muscle had been stripped back to the fractured bone by the teeth of the rusty trap.

29 Dec 2012 - 4:17am

Young brothers die in blaze at Pat Heung Upper Village, Yuen Long

A recent picture of Elliot and Frankie Watkiss, who died in the house fire yesterday. Photo: SMP

A village in Yuen Long was in mourning yesterday for two boys killed in a fire at their home. Investigators were checking a burned-out air conditioner for faulty wiring. Eight-year-old Elliot Watkiss and his brother Frankie, seven, were asleep in the first-floor bedroom of the family's house in Pat Heung Upper Village when the fire broke out shortly before 1am.

28 Oct 2012 - 1:22pm 3 comments

Mob thwarts bid to clear rest of park

Land officers and contract workers failed to remove more illegal structures from a rural leader's park and zoo in Yuen Long yesterday as dozens of villagers guarded the entrance and hurled insults at them.

22 May 2012 - 12:00am

Show of force by villagers outside private park

Dozens of villagers formed a line yesterday to guard a rural leader's recreational park in Yuen Long where illegal structures were found - but they dispersed without any confrontation as lands officers moved in to deal with the problem.

Leung Fuk-yuen, one of two directors of a company running the park, denied staging the gathering of villagers.

1 May 2012 - 12:00am

Kuk to discuss illegal works scheme

Rural affairs body the Heung Yee Kuk will hold a special meeting tomorrow to discuss whether to comply with a registration system the government laid down in its new crackdown policy against illegal structures at village houses.

9 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Illegal building crackdown 'will not be derailed'

A planned crackdown on illegal structures at village homes in the New Territories beginning in April will not be derailed by the impending change of government, the development minister said.

9 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Land near rail lines sought for flats

The government will look for more sites next to railway lines to boost land supply, according to the secretary for development.

3 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Village demand for land 'infinite'

Officials are struggling to find suitable land for housing in the face of 'infinite' demand from indigenous New Territories residents to build village houses, the development minister says.

3 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

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Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen declares a high-speed rail link with Guangzhou is one of Hong Kong's 10 major infrastructure projects. The project is to be completed by 2014.

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6 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Police offer reward in search for missing wife

Lee Yuk-shan, a former insurance agent, left her Fanling home on the evening of August 27, 2009. It was the last time her husband saw her.

He called police four days later to report her missing. Two years on, there is still no sign of her and police fear the worst.

31 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Displaced villagers can't afford to build anew

Rising construction costs mean a group of families evicted from their village in the New Territories to make way for Hong Kong's high-speed rail link with the mainland cannot afford to build homes on a site bought with their compensation money.

19 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Kuk wants interest-free loans

The government must provide interest-free loans to villagers who need financial help to remove illegal structures on their homes, rural powerbrokers the Heung Yee Kuk demanded yesterday. It was responding to the government's proposal of loans, made earlier this week.

30 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

'Pay us to remove illegal structures'

Villagers from Yuen Long yesterday demanded compensation for dismantling any illegal structures at their homes. Alternatively, they want the law changed so they can build six-storey village houses instead of the legally mandated three storeys.

1 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Villagers angry work on railway has started

Work on the high-speed railway has already begun at Tsoi Yuen Tsuen but about 70 families remain in their homes - and are complaining about the noise.

MTR Corp contractors and lands and highways officials yesterday visited the Yuen Long village, where 20 to 30 empty houses have been fenced off and are to be demolished first.

29 Dec 2010 - 12:00am