Residents want trucks banned after boy killed, but villagers and drivers rail at extra journey time A tense standoff erupted yesterday between residents of upmarket Fairview Park estate in Yuen Long and nearby villagers when the residents blocked a private road to stop container trucks using it. Police formed a human chain to separate about 100 residents on one side of Fairview Park Boulevard from a similar number of Tai Sang Wai villagers as they jeered, shouted and jostled each other. The confrontation took place after the Fairview Park contingent used metal railings and other barriers to block the boulevard, where 12-year-old Kam Ho-wah was killed by a truck last week while cycling to school with his brother. The residents say trucks should be banned from using the road now that a new thoroughfare, Kam Pok Road, has been opened in response to the tragedy. The new road was completed in 2005 but had remained unused until yesterday amid legal action between homeowners and the government. Signs barring trucks from Fairview Park Boulevard have already been erected but remain covered by black plastic. Villagers and drivers say the new route will add time to the journey for trucks, which they rely on for their livelihood. More than 100 police were called in to keep the two groups apart from yesterday morning until the barriers were removed and the crowd dispersed at about 4pm. Police were later on duty constantly to 'advise' truck drivers to use the new road until a meeting between residents and senior government officials tomorrow. Residents claim the government promised them in 1998 that once the new thoroughfare was completed, trucks longer than seven metres would be banned from using Fairview Park Boulevard. 'It is a breach of contract. When taking back a piece of land from us for drainage work in 1998, the government promised a new road would be built in 2005 so that trucks would not go through our estate again,' said a Fairview Park resident of more than 20 years, who gave her name only as Ms Wong. 'But government officials told us that some villagers opposed this and said seven-metre trucks had the right of way on the road.' The residents' lawsuit on the issue will be heard in October this year. 'Why can trucks still use the road after the opening of the new thoroughfare? All the government needs to do now is to remove the plastic bags [over the signs],' a Mr Lam said. But Fan Keung, owner of a container park in nearby Ha Sun Wan village, said residents of the estate should show concern for others. 'You have to eat, I also have to eat. I have more than 100 workers. The legal case has yet to open. How can they do anything now,' he said. Yuen Long San Tin Rural Committee chairman Man Foo-wan said Fairview Park residents were being 'very selfish'. 'Container trucks using the new road will only bring the problem to nearby estates and villages,' he said. A truck driver, Mr Kwok, said he would lose money because the new route would add five or six minutes to his journey. James Chan Yum-min, Yuen Long district officer of the Home Affairs Department, said the issue would take some time to resolve because it involved a court case. The Transport Department said it would contact the concerned parties to discuss the rights of using the private road.