New location will be a burden on traffic, district councillors say The new site proposed by the government for a central poultry slaughterhouse met with strong opposition again from North District councillors yesterday. They said the location, on Man Kam To Road, would add a further burden to the already busy traffic network north of Sheung Shui, and was likely to influence the future development of the area. According to the government's plan, the 15,000-square-metre slaughtering plant, the first of its kind in Hong Kong, is expected to process 20,000 to 40,000 chickens and 30,000 other poultry daily for the local market. About 100 trucks are expected to travel from farms in Hong Kong and Shenzhen every day transporting live poultry to the facility. North District councillor Sham Wing-kan said the traffic situation in the area would definitely worsen if the plant was opened. 'The road is a key link between Shenzhen and Hong Kong,' he said. 'We have seen a dramatic increase in traffic congestion and we don't want to see more.' His view was echoed by councillor Liu Chiu-wa, who said: 'Man Kam To Road is one of the busiest and most repaired roads in Hong Kong. How can we let 100 more giant trucks drive on it before it has been improved?' At the same time, some councillors expressed concern about the negative impact the plant might have on the area in the long run. Since the government planned to open the closed area along the border to the public by 2010, councillor Paul Yu Chi-shing suggested it might be better idea to consider this location for the plant. North District Council vice-chairman Joseph Chow Kam-siu opposed a hurried decision on the issue, saying that the district would see a significant rise in population. 'Although the site is far away from residential blocks, this will likely change when property developers build more skyscrapers in the area.' Health, Welfare and Food Bureau deputy secretary Cheuk Wing-hing said the government would address the concerns and further consult local residents, but declined to say if the government would consider another location. The authority proposed Shek Wu Hui in Sheung Shui earlier this year, but came up with the new option after a storm of criticism.