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Confusion over landscaping costs


Conflicting views remain between Disney and the Government over who should pay for landscaping work to block the view of three CLP Power chimneys.

A government spokesman said design of the landscaping had yet to be finalised but the administration would only pay for landscaping outside the park. Disney appeared to believe the landscaping would be outside.

'Any screening outside the park and landscaping around the utility plant would be paid in the $13.6 billion infrastructure cost,' said Steven Tight, Disney's vice-president of operations development.

Mr Tight said the landscaping near the CLP Power plant would be on public land, government responsibility for which was clearly stated in the agreement.

Secretary for Planning, Environment and Lands Gordon Siu Kwing-chue said yesterday the cost of landscaping would be paid by the joint-venture company, provided it was in the park.

'The joint-venture company will have its own plan to modify it so as not to disturb the activity within the theme park,' said Mr Siu.

The landscaping, said to be an artificial barrier, would block views of the 50-metre high chimneys. Trees would be planted on top of the barrier.