VILLAGERS said yesterday they blamed the Government for forcing them to accept a proposed resort development project at Tai Long Wan, one of Hong Kong's last unspoiled beaches. 'If the Government had given us some assistance over the years, the village would still be thriving and we would not have to accept proposals like this,' village secretary Albert Cham Kam-sang said. 'We need a pier and a road so we can travel. If the Government had helped us 30 years ago we would be fishermen.' The villagers of Ham Tin on Tai Long Wan say the development is their last chance for survival. An outdoor recreation and sports centre 'for executive and middle management people' is planned for the shores of the long white beach, admitted Master Choice Development director Dorothy Wong. Ham Tin was once a fishing and farming village of about 1,000 people. It has dwindled to 30 residents. According to villagers they have been given a five per cent down payment, or $80,000, on their land by Master Choice Development Limited. 'If we don't make this area beautiful she will not buy the land and we don't know what will happen to our village,' one villager said. 'We were told we had until the end of the year to make this place more beautiful so she would buy it. The village has been here for 200 years, but how long can it last without some money?' Last week villagers ignored stop-work orders issued by the Government and police for illegal work on Crown land. The earth-moving equipment was provided to villagers by Master Choice Development. The illegal work continued over the weekend, despite another summons by Marine Police. The villagers said they hoped the development would mean a pier and a road to Pak Tam Au. But government officials said a road was impossible because it would cut through country park land. 'It is true that my company intends to apply to the Government for permission to develop a resort at this location,' Ms Wong said. 'Consultants have been appointed to prepare a development proposal and full regard will be paid to the sensitive nature of the location and environmental considerations. 'Once the consultants have completed their studies, an application will be submitted to the Government.' Any development on Crown or private land must have a permit. Government officials confirmed no permit had been issued for Tai Long Wan. This is the second proposal made by Master Choice Development. A government official involved with the first application said the proposal was rejected because it was ill-planned and failed to consider pollution problems from sewage and rubbish.