Hong Kong Harbour District”
Urges LegCo to Consider Holistic Planning
in New Building Discussion
(26 February 2004, Thursday) HONG KONG ---- The newly established initiative,
‘Designing Hong Kong Harbour District’ has
sent a letter to the LegCo President Rita Fan Hsu Lai-tai this Tuesday,
asking Members to consider the need for holistic planning of the entire
Harbour District when they discuss the construction of a new LegCo building
with Chief Secretary Donald Tsang Yam-kuen at the House Committee meeting
The government earlier announced the decision to defer the Tamar development
project which comprises a new Central Government Complex and a new LegCo
Complex. However, speaking after the LegCo Commission meeting last Wednesday,
the President Rita Fan Hsu Lai-tai urged the government to reopen the
issue and solve the Council's capacity problem. The Tamar site, the Star
Ferry and City Hall site, as well as the Two IFC (International Finance
Centre) northern site are all possibilities for a new LegCo Building welcomed
‘'Designing Hong Kong Harbour District’ fully
appreciates that LegCo’s increasing work load demands new facilities.
Being a new community initiative to call for an integrated plan and public
consultation process for the entire Hong Kong Harbour District, the two
core organizers, Christine Loh and Paul Zimmerman have written to Mrs
Fan and urge that Members of LegCo, when they discuss the matter in the
upcoming House Committee, that they bear in mind the need for holistic
planning of the entire Harbour District, of which the Tamar site is a
part. To minimize delays, they also recommend that a genuine public consultation
process is implemented as soon as possible.
In the letter, Loh and Zimmerman also invite the House Committee to consider
asking a legislator representative to meet them so that they can present
some of the upcoming events being planned by the initiative, including
public forum and conference being held between March and May to discuss
where to site what sort of facilities to maximize the use of the Harbour
District as a whole.
Hong Kong Harbour District’ is organizing a series of consensus
building activities, including a briefing lunch for key stakeholders in
mid-March, a Public forum on May 2 and a Conference on May 3.
More information on the initiative is available on www.friendsoftheharbour.org/designHKHD.html.
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