Urban Services Department

Not enough heated indoor pools

The letter from Wendy Or on behalf of the Director of Leisure and Cultural Services concerning problems allocating time for public access to indoor swimming pools calls for comment (South China Morning Post, November 8).

Saturday, 23 November, 2002, 12:00am

Ombudsman's Office blames lack of co-ordination between officials for 20-month hold-up

A lack of co-ordination among officials caused a 20-month delay in a Mongkok slum project, costing $439 million in interest payments, an investigation by the Ombudsman's Office has revealed.

The inquiry called for better co-ordination and clearer guidelines in future urban renewal projects involving the eviction of shop tenants.

17 Nov 2000 - 12:00am

Long wait

I love playing tennis and about a year ago, I wrote to the Kowloon City Office (part of the old Urban Services Department) to complain about the state of the surface of the two practice courts at Kowloon Tsai Park.

14 May 2000 - 12:00am

Missing magazine

Following the disbandment of the Provisional Urban Council, their informative monthly magazine City News, which gave details of concerts, performances, exhibitions, etc, ceased publication with the December issue and, surprisingly, does not appear to have been replaced by a similar Urban Services Department magazine.

25 Jan 2000 - 12:00am

Scale-back of complex plan sensible

Three cheers for the Government for considering scaling back the proposed sports and shopping complex in Stanley.

The complex would have been massive. It would have also overwhelmed Stanley's open-air markets and destroyed the area's distinct charm and character as a tourist attraction.

21 Jan 2000 - 12:00am

Plant a tree for the millennium

Enrolment for the Millennium Tree Planting project organised by the Provisional Urban Council and the Provisional Regional Council has been extended to November 19.

9 Nov 1999 - 12:00am

Candle-burning crackdown

The two municipal services departments will mobilise about 2,000 staff to enforce a ban on burning candles during the Mid-Autumn Festival this month.

The Urban Services Department (USD) will increase manpower from last year's 1,040 to 1,400 to patrol parks to stop people burning candles on September 24. The Regional Services Department plans to deploy at least 500 staff.

9 Sep 1999 - 12:00am

Lazy workers graft probe urged

The ICAC should investigate why Urban Services Department (USD) cleaning staff who slept and played cards during working hours were not exposed for more than a year, according to a report.

A Provisional Urban Council committee, which probed the case of lazy staff, said anti-graft officers should intervene.

6 Sep 1999 - 12:00am

Renovate this filthy market

I am writing to urge the Urban Services Department to improve the ventilation and sanitation of San Hui Market immediately.

I have to go to San Hui Market every day to buy groceries. It is the worst market I have ever been to in Hong Kong.

24 Jul 1999 - 12:00am

USD controversy

A woman was sent to hospital after a dispute with hawking control officers in North Point yesterday. The 41-year-old woman was allegedly found selling clothes at the junction of Tong Shu Road and Chun Yeung Street at about 7.30am. She told the officers her 40-year-old husband ran the mobile stall and she was simply minding it while he went to the toilet, a fact he confirmed when he returned.

29 Jun 1999 - 12:00am

Pool cleaning ineffective

The public needs further comment from Paul K.K. Cheung regarding the Urban Services Department's (USD) policy on closing public pools from noon to 1.30pm daily (letter headlined, 'Pool closure essential to proper hygiene', South China Morning Post, May 11).

17 Jun 1999 - 12:00am

Not to be sneezed at

It seems the Urban Services Department may be finally learning the art of humility, after a series of heavy-handed actions by its anti-hawker patrols provoked such strong public concern.

4 Jun 1999 - 12:00am

Snub No 2 for inquiry

The Urban Services Department has defied a council inquiry request to provide a report on lazy sewer workers.

It is the second blow to the inquiry after 24 night-shift sewermen refused to testify at yesterday's hearing.

Inquiry chairman, Democrat Kam Nai-wai, accused the department of trying to cover up.

26 May 1999 - 12:00am

Call USD to account

It seems that hardly a day goes by without another controversy surrounding the Urban Services Department. Yesterday, watchman Chen Tien-chin pleaded not guilty to spitting in public, insisting that he was only sneezing at the time.

1 May 1999 - 12:00am

Lunchtime closure outrageous

For some reason, the Urban Services Department has decided to close all public swimming pools this summer during the prime time of the day - 12 noon to 1.30pm.

This is absolutely incredible and shows complete disregard both for those local citizens who want to spend a day at the pool and for those of us who can only swim during our lunchbreak for exercise.

5 Apr 1999 - 12:00am