Environmentalists divided over 'hideous' Mid-Levels slope

A Mid-Levels slope that has recently undergone work intended to beautify it has instead been described as hideous by its neighbours.

Saturday, 7 May, 2011, 12:00am


Q How can the public help to slow global warming?

In 'democracies' the public, through votes and consumerism, has the theoretical power to change everything it desires, and global warming could be stopped if we exercised a critical use of these two most powerful tools. What is lacking is awareness.

29 Aug 2005 - 12:00am


I am replying to the letter of January 7 from chief geotechnical engineer N. F. Chan, in response to my letter (South China Morning Post, December 22), concerning the felling of 213 trees at Beacon Hill and the use of slope signs.

4 Feb 2003 - 12:00am

Helpful signs

I refer to the letter by Edward Huang headlined 'Use of signs on a downward slope' (South China Morning Post, June 5).

Mr Huang was concerned about slope registration signs and I would like to explain the main functions of these signs.

1 Jul 2002 - 12:00am

Tree felling an essential safety measure

We refer to the letter from David Johnson headlined 'Felling of lovely trees just mindless butchery' (South China Morning Post, December 14), regarding the Hang Lung Group's Blue Pool Road site.

21 Dec 2001 - 12:00am


I wish to thank R. P. Martin, of the Civil Engineering Department, for his reply ( Sunday Morning Post, July 30) to my letter of July 9, on a slope work site on Mount Kellett Road.

Work does now seem to be proceeding on the slope in question, although I find it hard to believe that it will be completed by August 19.

13 Aug 2000 - 12:00am

Still waiting

In a letter to these columns on January 17, I asked the relevant government department to reply to two questions: How much has been spent on slope signposts over the whole of Hong Kong? What is the purpose of slope signposts? There has been no answer and in the meantime I have noticed several other letters referring to the incongruity and plethora of these signposts.

10 Apr 2000 - 12:00am

Distance signs seem pointless

According to the Government's Civil Engineering Web page, in mid-1992 a project entitled 'Systematic Inspection of Slopes in the Territory' was initiated to search for slopes not previously included in a catalogue of slopes.

2 Mar 2000 - 12:00am

Slope signs just a waste of money

I recently noticed two letters pointing out the incongruity of the ubiquitous slope signposts in Hong Kong.

17 Jan 2000 - 12:00am

Slope data on $80m computer

A touch-screen computer system costing more than $80 million was unveiled by the Lands Department yesterday, allowing people to check their responsibility for slope maintenance.

But Director of Lands Robert Pope said the database was 'not necessarily 100 per cent accurate'.

29 Dec 1999 - 12:00am

Signs' slope safety function

I refer to the two letters (South China Morning Post, December 7 and 8 respectively), concerning the metal signs (slope registration plates) erected on the slopes along Peak Road, Magazine Gap Road, Stubbs Road and Island Road.

I wish to explain to your readers the essential function served by these slope registration plates in our slope safety improvement initiatives.

20 Dec 1999 - 12:00am

Loan plan for slope repairs

Home-owners who cannot afford to maintain nearby slopes may be able to benefit from a loan scheme.

Director of Civil Engineering Bernard Lam Moon-tim, who retired yesterday after 31 years with the Government, said slope maintenance could be added to the scheme, which now covers building safety.

28 Sep 1999 - 12:00am

20,000 decades-old slopes built before safety standards upgraded

More than 20,000 slopes monitored by the Government were built decades ago under much less stringent standards than apply today, officials said yesterday.

Director of the Civil Engineering Department Bernard Lam Moon-tim told a Legco meeting on the Shekkipmei landslide that present standards of safety were quite advanced by world standards.

2 Sep 1999 - 12:00am

Slope peril

About 60 per cent of private slopes checked in the past five years were dangerous, the Civil Engineering Department said. It checked 1,215 private slopes from 1994 to 1998 and 731 were considered dangerous.

13 Mar 1999 - 12:00am

Tougher stand on owners planned

About 75 per cent of private slope owners know they are responsible for maintenance but only 41 per cent maintain them to an acceptable standard, according to 1996 surveys of 100 privately-owned slopes by the Hong Kong University and the Geotechnical Engineering Office.

20 Mar 1998 - 12:00am