LettersIf Fanling golf course is too precious to build on, let everyone enjoy it
- While the course may have ecological value, very few of us – save a handful of golfers and business associates – get to fully enjoy it
- Either develop the land to quickly to ease our city’s dire housing shortage, or open the course fully to the public so we may all benefit from it
As he pointed out, building on the golf course would be practically much faster than alternatives such as using brownfield sites, or other options identified in the December 2018 report of the government’s Task Force on Land Supply.
Your columnist is spot on in highlighting the procrastination of the Hong Kong government in tackling the city’s housing problems.
But integrating the golf course into the Northern Metropolis project is not the way forward. Keeping the golf course intact would add no new public flats to the housing market in the short term.
Some would argue that the course is not entirely exclusive to its members, as the Hong Kong Golf Club opens parts of the course for community use on weekdays. But why stop there?
If it is decided that not a single inch of the golf course should be developed to help remedy our dire housing situation because Hong Kong’s ecological heritage must be preserved, let’s think out of the box. My suggestion is for the government to take back ownership of the golf course and run it in the same way as the Kau Sai Chau public golf course. Then, every member of the public can book the Fanling golf course and enjoy this slice of nature.
Tony Leung, Kwai Chung