A united front of 19 groups says the concept is fundamentally flawed A unified front of green activists has urged the government to withdraw its proposed Lantau Concept Plan which, they say, has 'severe deficiencies'. In a rare joint action, 19 local green groups, including those based on the island, have signed a declaration stating their demands. The plan, issued by a taskforce on Lantau's development led by Financial Secretary Henry Tang Ying-yen, includes proposals for a logistics park, golf course, theme park and racecourse on the island's northern coast, and a spa resort on the south. Over 300 submissions were made to the government by the time a public consultation ended last month. But the groups said the plan, a large deviation from the top priority of conserving the island, was fundamentally flawed. They said the taskforce had failed to prove there was a need for the facilities or that Lantau Island was the right location for them. They said no assessment of the cumulative impact of the multiple developments had been made, and additional information was either missing or held up, making it impossible for the public to consider the pros and cons of the plan. Opponents fear the projects will damage the ecology of the island and lead to a deterioration in the quality of life of residents. Albert Lai Kwong-tak, chairman of the Conservancy Association, said senior officials should take back the 'unsustainable' plan, which had 'severe deficiencies'. He said each proposal should be reassessed before consulting with the public again. 'We hope Mr Tang does not treat Lantau as the wishing tree and put too much wishes on it, eventually breaking its arms,' he said. Clive Noffke, from the Green Lantau Association, said the government had ignored public calls to conserve Lantau. 'The public has an expectation that Lantau should be conserved and not developed. But the government has got it wrong, and the plan is all about development.' During the consultation, Mr Noffke accused the officials of not being helpful in releasing information of a port study, which disclosed details of a plan to reclaim 245 hectares of land off an old fishing village. The port proposal was only included in a separate, and just-completed, consultation exercise by the Economic Services and Labour Bureau. The plan also ignored the ongoing development of a proposed storage facility for liquefied natural gas on Soko Islands by CLP Power, and the potential impact of the proposed bridge linking Hong Kong, Zhuhai and Macau, which will land on northwestern Lantau. A government spokesman last night did not respond directly to the green groups. But he said the government would 'carefully analyse and consolidate the public feedback'. He said the revised concept plan would be put out for public discussion, and no decision had been made on the development of the port.