Pok Fu Lam

Councillors slam Development Bureau's no-show in meeting

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying. Photo: Dickson Lee

Southern District councillors said yesterday they would submit to the chief executive a letter of condemnation against the Development Bureau.

Tuesday, 5 February, 2013, 5:02am

Mid-Levels unlikely to see rush to develop

Ebenezer School in Pok Fu Lam Road is one example of a building that could be redeveloped into projects with higher plot ratios, agents say. Photo: Nora Tam

News that the government might lift restrictions on property development in Pok Fu Lam and Mid-Levels has drawn a lukewarm response from landlords and buyers, according to industry players.

23 Jan 2013 - 4:47am

Mid-Levels, Pok Fu Lam residents object to developing exclusive areas

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying. Photo: Sam Tsang

Mid-Levels and Pok Fu Lam residents are unhappy about the government's plan to lift development restrictions in the exclusive districts, with some saying they may move out if the idea goes ahead.

They express worries that denser housing will affect traffic flow and their quality of life, and that two MTR lines, now under construction, will do little in easing congestion.

19 Jan 2013 - 3:22am 1 comment

'Profit above conscience' angers councillors

Jessville in Pok Fu Lam. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

Southern District councillors hit out strongly yesterday against a revised plan for an 80-year-old Renaissance-style mansion in Pok Fu Lam, with one saying the owner was "putting profit above conscience".

They were upset that the owner now plans to turn Jessville into apartments instead of preserving it as a clubhouse to which the public would have had limited access.

27 Nov 2012 - 3:25am

Preservation policy needs review

Jessville in Pok Fu Lam

A building that few of us were aware of until its owner wanted to demolish it would not seem worthy of preservation, let alone giving public access to. But the Pok Fu Lam mansion Jessville is no ordinary structure - it is a rare example of Italian renaissance architecture that offers a glimpse into how the well-heeled in our city lived eight decades ago.

23 Nov 2012 - 2:22am

Public denied access to Pok Fu Lam's Jessville mansion

Historic Jessville was built in built in 1929, but as a grade three status site its owner can demolish it at any time. Photo: SCMP

Despite earlier efforts, the historic, 80-year-old Pok Fu Lam mansion Jessville will not be opened to the public, after high land premiums forced the building's owner to revise redevelopment plans.

20 Nov 2012 - 4:25am

Boy pleaded guilty to crashing car into taxi - without telling parents

Harry's view

A teenager took his father's company car out for a joyride, crashed into a parked taxi in Pok Fu Lam and pleaded guilty in court last week - all without his family's knowledge.

Yesterday, when 16-year-old Fahim Khan was due to be sentenced, lawyers hired by his wealthy family finally stepped in to ask for a postponement of the sentencing in order to have time to submit more evidence.

30 Oct 2012 - 3:36am 1 comment

Pok Fu Lam residents angry at new columbarium

A columbarium in construction on Victoria Road. Photo: SCMP

A Christian union's plan to build a 10-storey, 36,000-niche columbarium in Pok Fu Lam has angered residents, who fear it will bring traffic woes and mar the landscape of the neighbourhood.

A spokesman for the Chinese Christian Churches Union said it had every right to build on its land because it belongs to them and the plan has cleared all the regulatory hurdles.

28 Oct 2012 - 4:59am

Pok Fu Lam's fire dragon dance to rival Tai Hang's

Tai Hang is not the only place to watch fire dragon dancing during the Mid-Autumn Festival. Pok Fu Lam village also boasts its own century-long tradition ...

1 Oct 2012 - 6:49pm

Pok Fu Lam: a pipeline to the past

Siu Kwan-lun, 50, his wife Lau Wing-fung and their 23-month-old son Siu Chun-nam. Photo: Nora Tam

It is one of Hong Kong Island's last villages, but a serious lack of sewage facilities is casting a shadow over Pok Fu Lam, while its residents are embroiled in a struggle for recognition of its 150-year heritage.

15 Oct 2012 - 11:35am

City Digest

Former health director admitted to hospital

Dr Lam Ping-yan, who retired as director of health in March, was taken to Queen Mary Hospital in Pok Fu Lam for a sudden health problem yesterday and was being kept overnight. A source at the hospital said he was conscious and in good condition last night.

Women sets herself alight on North Point bench

15 Aug 2012 - 10:56pm

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11 Jul 2012 - 12:00am


Closed-door deal in choice of artist

The Hong Kong Arts Development Council announced that artist Lee Kit was selected to represent Hong Kong at the 55th Venice Biennale in 2013 ('Boost for HK at Venice visual arts 'Olympics',' June 23).

6 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Agents tried to block my film, says director

A film director has warned that Beijing's stranglehold on dissent is tightening around Hong Kong after mainland security agents came to the city to warn him against releasing his latest film.

18 Jun 2012 - 12:00am