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Hong Kong environmental issues

Hong Kong noise pollution hitting unacceptable levels in Wan Chai

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 27 May, 2018, 9:32am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 03 July, 2018, 5:31pm

Despite numerous objections from local residents and a history of shenanigans that retired High Court judge William Waung Sik-ying referred to as “vexatious abuse of process”, Hopewell Holdings was permitted to go ahead with its massive “conference/hotel centre” in Wan Chai.

Since work started on the site in 2015, the lives of residents living in the vicinity have been severely disrupted by the level of noise caused by the construction. Noise pollution, with its proven debilitating consequences, is a scourge of Hong Kong. Am I naive in putting my trust in the Environmental Department to monitor the work practices of the construction company in question? 

There doesn’t seem to be an end to the nightmare, as Hopewell, on its site, states 2021 as the completion date! 

Recently, I reluctantly decided to move to preserve my sanity, after years of living in close proximity to the construction site. Most worthy residents do not have that option.

Would (Hopewell chairman) Gordon Wu Ying-sheun accept the level of noise that residents in Wan Chai have to endure? 

Jim Francis, North Point