OFFICIALS face a fresh threat to their harbour reclamation plans today when independent legislator Christine Loh Kung-wai is expected to agree to sponsor a private member's bill curtailing further harbour infill schemes. Ms Loh will confirm her decision after meeting senior Town Planning Board member, Winston Chu Ka-sun, who drafted the bill. The Government is under attack from the Chinese authorities after it gazetted plans on Friday to create a public dump as part of the Green Island reclamation. On Saturday, the Hong and Macau Affairs Office said Secretary for Planning, Environment and Lands, Bowen Leung Po-wing, broke a promise not to go-ahead with any more reclamation before the hand-over. Mr Leung said the public dump 'did not relate to reclamation' even though the notice and government engineering plans refer to the scheme as reclamation. If approved, the bill will ban all reclamation unless it provides land for essential infrastructure projects including road and rail links. It particularly targets seven infill schemes, including Green Island, Kowloon Point and southeast Kowloon, that will provide 636 hectares on both sides of the harbour. This is in addition to the reclamation already under way in Central and west Kowloon. The measure has broad-based party support from the Democrats, some Liberal Party members and independent legislators. Evans Ward, Ms Loh's assistant, said the bill would have far-reaching consequences in the way the Government was held accountable to the public. It will pave the way for legislators to make important policy decisions including setting social and development priorities. 'The public is kept out of the loop on these issues,' Mr Ward said. The Government only allowed the public to object on a project-by-project basis through gazette notices, he said. Opponents believe the Government promotes harbour reclamation because it is easier to create new land and allows officials to side-step tougher issues including urban renewal and development in the New Territories.