Public facilities

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.

Monday, 29 April, 2013, 8:18am

'Super Bowl of Rugby' suffering in a stone-age stadium

The Beach Boys perform at the second day of the Hong Kong Rugby Sevens 2013. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

Hong Kong Stadium simply does not have the capability to properly host a top-rate act. The sound system and jumbotron screen capabilities are an antiquated albatross of a joke.

25 Mar 2013 - 9:02am 2 comments

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

Defending arts hub spending

Model of Xiqu Centre at the arts hub. Photo: Sam Tsang

West Kowloon Cultural District is an ambitious project. Each of the elements is being prudently budgeted and the capital costs are at an equivalent cost per square metre to other major cultural facilities being built worldwide, notwithstanding the escalating construction costs in Hong Kong in the last six years.

7 Mar 2013 - 2:35am 1 comment

Letters to the Editor, February 24, 2013

Karen Mok recalled her early days as a singer. Photo: AP

During my tenure as museum director, the Hong Kong Maritime Museum averaged 35,000 paying visitors a year. This compares favourably with the paid visits to government museums and, indeed, with that of similar maritime museums abroad.

24 Feb 2013 - 1:50am 2 comments

CY urged to show caution in race to boost housing supply

Stanley Wong Yuen-fai says the Town Planning Board serves as a gatekeeper against excessive urban building density. Photo: Dickson Lee

The message was spelled out by influential figures in the wake of his policy address, which put housing at the top of his administration's agenda. One of the short-term measures to increase land supply involves the rezoning of at least 36 "government, institution or community" sites into residential use.

4 Feb 2013 - 4:10pm

Letters to the Editor, October 8, 2012

Students at the September 11 class boycott. Photo: Felix Wong

Disabled can contribute if door is opened

I totally agree with the letter by Stephanie Kwok ("Disabled in society need more help", September 25). Society nowadays does not offer enough opportunities for disabled people, especially regarding employment. If anything, society as a whole discriminates against them and makes them feel as if they do not belong.

8 Oct 2012 - 3:59pm

Action has already begun to curb sports facility booking touts

In response to the letter by Mr David Lai ("Why wait till 2014 to curb the touts?", September 26), I would like to explain more about the various measures we have already implemented to improve our booking and allocation systems of the sports facilities managed by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department.

7 Oct 2012 - 2:09am

HK should invest more in community recreations

The head of Hong Kong's lifeguard union has called on the government to introduce compulsory swimming instruction for schoolchildren, because lessons at government pools are oversubscribed and poor families are missing out on private tuition. Alex Kwok Siu-kit says government and community attitudes to sport and swimming in particular need to change.

7 Oct 2012 - 2:09am 1 comment

Letters to the Editor, September 26, 2012

Bulk buying is now common at pharmacies. Photo: Felix Wong

Non-members already let into private clubs

I refer to your editorial ("Better access to sports venues", September 24) which questioned the extent to which the Home Affairs Bureau has responded to the recommendations made by the Ombudsman in his direct investigation of the implementation of the policy on private recreational leases.

26 Sep 2012 - 1:37am 2 comments

Officials need to ensure better public access to sports venues

Officials are expected to take good care of public resources and facilities. Regrettably, they have once again been put to shame by the Ombudsman, who found serious flaws in the way the city's sport venues are managed.

24 Sep 2012 - 1:28am 1 comment

Hong Kong needs more public water sports facilities

Hong Kong needs more public water sports facilities

In his election manifesto, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying affirmed the "social value of Hong Kong waters", and promised to establish a fund to provide local fishermen with skills training to replace traditional fishing with "new methods of sea-based operations", and to promote the sustainable use of Hong Kong waters.

3 Sep 2012 - 3:55am