A concrete walkway to be built along a pristine Lamma beach to link remote settlements is so wide it is more of a road than a footpath, one resident claims. While some villagers welcome the new path to Tung O village, the operator of a youth hostel claims it will destroy the delicate beach environment. Tung O, in the southeast of the island, is a 20-minute walk from the nearest ferry pier at Mo Tat Wan, where visitors and residents can take a boat to Aberdeen. The tiny village has just eight permanent residents - mostly elderly - and more recently, American youth hostel owner Wade Browne. While he agrees in principle with the new access to the village - which currently can be only reached along the beach or via a path high up above the rock face - Mr Browne feels the 1.8-metre-wide path is far broader than necessary. Mr Browne, 57, who runs the Tung O Bay Homestay, also claims Home Affairs Department contractors are causing environmental havoc in the bay by removing rock landmarks. Engineer Paul Ling, of the Home Affairs Department's rural planning and improvement strategy section, said the project would go ahead. 'We awarded the contract and can't turn around because of one phone call. He must write to the department and make a formal complaint.'