An illegal recreational farm created on an illegal dumping site in Sheung Shui is still in business despite a landowner and an operator having recently been penalised. The Long Yuen Wetland Farm in Ho Sheung Heung has operated without licences for the past three years as a barbecue site with amusement rides, after the former farmland and fish ponds were largely destroyed by illegal dumping in 2006. A green group says the 1.2-hectare site, lying within a government-designated priority conservation site, is a worrying example of the government's lack of control over land use. Even more so is that parts of the conservation site will be given permission for low-density development in a decade's time, it said. Although three of the 22 landowners of the site were summonsed and fined HK$6,000 each in November for setting up recreation facilities on the agricultural zone without permission from the Planning Department, business has continued. Over the New Year, the farm is charging visitors HK$98 for four hours of barbecuing and HK$30 for amusement rides, which include a mini-rickshaw, a water ball - a large inflated plastic ball on a fish pond that people can steer from inside - and small battery-powered vehicles. It also sells organic vegetables and fruit grown on the site. The three amusement items have not been approved and are unsafe, the Electrical and Mechanical Services Department has said, and it has ordered them closed. The Food and Environmental Hygiene Department said that the place also lacked a licence for running a 'place of public entertainment' business. It summonsed the operator to court after receiving an inquiry from the Post last week. A Ms Kwan, who visited the farm with her family on Wednesday, said she did not know the place was formed by illegal dumping and run without licences. 'This is a good place to spend time, with fresh air and the farm,' she said. 'Of course it'd be better if it was licensed.' Hau Chun-man, a villager who helps run the business, said he had not known there was a need to get licences, and complained of the complicated procedures to do so. 'I only knew we had to obtain a business registration,' he said. 'We're only planting crops and providing a place for people to enjoy their holidays - what's bad about that? 'The business keeps the place neat and tidy. This is better than turning it into a storage place for containers and scrap cars.' Hau said his uncle was one of the landowners, who with an investment of HK$2 million pooled the sites and set up the recreation area after the farm was largely destroyed by unknown people. Hau said the company had hired a surveyor to prepare for the licence applications after being warned by the government, and, meanwhile, business would continue. In the same village, a tract of farmland nearby that was smothered in illegally dumped construction waste in the summer is still strewn with it. The landowners have not cleaned it since they are seeking a review of a Planning Department order to do so. Peter Li Siu-man, campaign manager of the Conservancy Association, pointed to the fact that both the recreational farm and the illegal dump were within a priority conservation site drawn up by the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department under a nature conservation policy introduced in 2004. The Planning Department has proposed turning the existing agricultural zoning of the wetlands of the area into comprehensive development and nature conservation zoning. Li said he was worried that the development-led zoning would water down the conservation importance of the site to please property owners. 'How can we have confidence in the future?' he said. A Planning Department spokeswoman said further prosecution would be instigated if there was evidence of unauthorised development in the recreational farm case.