• WE PETITION
  • Mr Paul Chan, Secretary for Development
    Mr Thomas Chow, Permanent Secretary for Development, Chairman of TPB
  • TO
  • Object to plans to develop and destroy Hoi Ha

Take a walk with us in and around Hoi Ha Marine Park SSSI and learn about the threats to the the landscape and ecology of this area of outstanding natural beauty and high ecological value. Woodland, streams, marshland and marine park are all under threat

Launched: 04 October 2013
WHY

Hoi Ha is one of Hong Kong’s most beautiful seaside villages, surrounded by Country Park hillside and fronted by Hoi Ha Marine Park, which is a Site of Special Scientific Interest with 64 species of coral. The area is rich in species of Conservation Interest not just in the sea but also on land, along the Hoi Ha stream, in the woodland, on the abandoned agricultural land and in the marshes.

Hoi Ha has no public sewage system and so all of the houses will need septic tanks, effluent from which will percolate through the soil into the Hoi Ha Stream and into the Marine Park.



Hopes have been dashed that the Town Planning Board would zone this environmentally-sensitive area in order to give priority to the landscape and to the environment. Instead, the TPB has come out on the side of development with proposals to triple the size of the village in a large V-zone with room for up to 100 houses and an adjacent zone of Green Belt, which is already being considered as a reservoir of future building land. These areas, which together comprise about 50% of the Development Permission Area, are on a mixture of mature woodland and on farmland which was abandoned more than 40 years ago and has reverted to shrubland habitat.

Facebook: Save Hoi Ha

WHAT WE WANT (PETITION LETTER)

With reference to the Draft of the Outline Zoning Plan of Hoi Ha which is presently being considered by the Town Planning Board, the undersigned PETITION the Hong Kong Government’s Town Planning Board:

1. To protect properly this area of outstanding natural beauty and high ecological value by zoning for conservation and not for development.

2. To consider their responsibilities under the Convention on Biodiversity, in particular Article 8 (e), which states that the Government has a responsibility to “Promote environmentally sound and sustainable development in areas adjacent to protected areas with a view to furthering protection of these areas.”

3. To be mindful of the Law in their zoning, respect the 100 metre set-back distance between septic tanks and Hoi Ha Wan Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and impose a 30 metre set-back distance between septic tanks and streams. These measures are designed to prevent any development that would be in breach of the Law and/or cause pollution to Hoi Ha Wan.

4. To support the recommendations submitted to the Board by Non-Governmental Organisations, including the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden (KFBG) and Friends of Hoi Ha (FOHH) which detail the proper protection of the flora, fauna, landscape and hydrology of this area.

5. To re-designate the proposed Green Belt Area as Conservation Area.

6. To re-designate the proposed westward extension of the V-zone as Conservation Area.

7. To utilise an up-to-date map for planning purposes, that accurately shows the coastal erosion and the current boundaries of the beaches.

8. To increase the depth of the entire proposed Coastal Protection Area to a minimum buffer zone of 30 metres starting at the actual boundary of the Marine Park, not at an incorrect point on an inaccurate map.

9. To include the old walled village, a Site of Archaeological Interest, in the Coastal Protection Area, which would protect it from being bulldozed and redeveloped, and would allow it to be restored in the original style on the original footprint.

10. To move the Column 1 - “Always Allowed” - status of Agricultural Use in the definitions of Conservation Area and Coastal Protection Area into Column 2 – requiring the authorisation of the Town Planning Board. This is to prevent Agricultural activities being used as pretence to cover the trashing of areas prior to re-development.

11. To recommend to the Country and Marine Parks Authority that all of the Development Permission Area be subsumed into the Country and Marine Parks.

12. To recommend that all future Small House Applications be relocated to land outside the Hoi Ha enclave and outside Sai Kung Country Park, well away from environmentally sensitive areas of high landscape value.

UPDATES (14)
From the organizer on August 13, 2014:
Town Planning Board, misled by EPD, AFCD and the Lands Department, decides to allow the development of the Hoi Ha Coastline.

Hoi Ha Marine Park SSSI is to be sacrificed to the Small House Policy.
From the organizer on May 21, 2014:
Friends of Hoi Ha presented to the Town Planning Board on Monday 19 May.

Will they throw the Draft Outline Zoning Plan back to the Planning Department and AFCD and ask them to do better?
From the organizer on April 04, 2014:
FOHH are members of the Save Our Country Parks Alliance, Please see their message about the forthcoming Town Planning Board meeting about Hoi Ha:

The Town Planning Board received over 30,000 representations and comments on the draft Outline Zoning Plans for Hoi Ha, Pak Lap and So Lo Pun. Everyone has now received an invitation to be heard by the Board. The hearings will start 28 April and are expected to end mid-May.
We urge you to try and present your personal view. It is important to demonstrate that safeguarding the Country Parks is a matter of great public concern.
In your reply to the Town Planning Board on or before 8 April please include:
1.The estimated time needed for your presentation
“I will need xx minutes for my presentation.”;
2.If necessary, request to be heard in a morning or afternoon session
“I prefer to be heard in the morning/afternoon due to other commitments.”;
3.Request to be heard on a Saturday if you are not available on a weekday
“I wish to be heard on a Saturday due to work commitments.”

Don’t hesitate to send us your queries at info@countryparks.hk. We will publish next week a “How to make a presentation to the Town Planning Board” on our website.

Together We Can Save Our Country Parks!
P.S. We don’t promote the use of proxies. However, if you have a speech, video or presentation which you wish ‘A Member of the Save Our Country Park Alliance’ to deliver, please send us the signed (signature, name and date) proxy form via fax or email. We will complete the details of the representative.

Save Our Country Parks
Fax: 21872305
Email: info@countryparks.hk
Website: www.countryparks.hk
From the organizer on April 03, 2014:
Those of you who wrote a letter to the Town Planning Board objecting to the Outline Zoning Plan for Hoi Ha, will have received a letter from the TPB asking whether or not you wish to appear in person before the Board. If you do not wish to, please donate your time to Dave or Nicola Newbery of Friends of Hoi Ha. We need more than the allotted 10 minutes to explain the complexities of the case to the TPB. Please contact me so we can give you the details to fill in on the form TPB has sent you. Thanks! newbs@netvigator.com
From the organizer on March 19, 2014:
I have published a video here at http://youtu.be/bsZNaOjmLrM
From the organizer on February 13, 2014:
We are still fighting to save Hoi Ha Marine Park from environmental destruction, still talking with Government. We will keep the Petition open. Please share and encourage people to sign. Thank you!
From the organizer on February 13, 2014:
Tomorrow, Valentine's Day, is the deadline for Save Our Country Parks' petition against excess "village housing" in country park enclaves. Please sign, please add a comment in the comment box: Move Agriculture into Column 2, and pleàse share.

www.countryparks.hk
From the organizer on January 19, 2014:
We have requested a meeting with Paul Chan, the Secretary for Development, to discuss the Environmental Disaster facing Hoi Ha. We will keep the Petition running until such time as we have a meeting with him.
From the organizer on November 30, 2013:
A 3-minute video on Hoi Ha made by 3 students from the HKU's School of Journalism:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lRD8pyWwBXc&feature=youtu.be

From the organizer on November 27, 2013:
We just need 45 more signatures to reach 1,000.

Please spread the word and see if we can reach this figure today.
From the organizer on November 22, 2013:

向城規會反對海下分區計劃大綱草圖
敬請於開首加入你寫的個人介紹,讓所有信件內容都略有不同。

你的姓名
你的地址
寄信日期

城規會主席
電郵: tpbpd@pland.gov.hk

城規會主席鈞鑑:

海下分區計劃大綱草圖編號: S/NE-HH/1
本人支持將海下劃入西貢郊野公園及海下海岸公園,現促請城規會考慮我的建議。

本人支持海下海岸公園以作保育之用,反對城規會的分區計劃大綱容許發展海下。保育區應取締現時的綠化帶,V型地段應減少及限制至現有村落,擴大草圖的V型地段,改劃為保育區。

本人的後對理由如下:
擴大V型地段的理據是基於不真實的建屋需求。
城規會引用不準確的地圖,V型地段和綠化帶的環境和景觀價值是不完整和誤導的數據。
興建大批的房屋及化糞池會污染海下,將會殺死海洋生物及每沙灘不宜游泳。
海岸線對環境很重要,故此需要保護,海岸保育區的緩衝地帶應最少於海岸線有30米距離。
海下河流環境很重要,故此需要保護,保育區的緩衝地帶應最少有30米闊。

你的姓名 謹啟
From the organizer on November 22, 2013:

LETTER TO TOWN PLANNING BOARD OBJECTING TO HOI HA’S DRAFT OUTLINE ZONING PLAN

Please write a letter (sample below) to the TPB before the end of day, Wednesday 27 November. Numbers count, so please write and share!

Please personalize this by adding your own introductory paragraph so that all the letters received are slightly different.

Your name
Your address

Today’s date

Chairman, Town Planning Board
Email address: tpbpd@pland.gov.hk
Dear Sir

Draft Hoi Ha Outline Zoning Plan No: S/NE-HH/1

I am writing in support of the inclusion of the Hoi Ha enclave into Sai Kung Country Park and into Hoi Ha Marine Park and urge the Town Planning Board to suggest this.

In the interim, I support the proper zoning of Hoi Ha Marine Park for conservation, and object to the Town Planning Board’s Draft Outline Zoning Plan, which has zoned Hoi Ha for development. Green Belt should be replaced with Conservation Area, the V-zone should be much-reduced and limited to the existing village cluster, and the draft expanded V-Zone should be rezoned as Conservation Area.

My reasons for objecting are these:

• The requirement for an enlarged V-zone has been based on an unrealistic assessment of the need for housing.
• The Town Planning Board has been given inaccurate maps and incomplete and misleading data on the environmental and landscape value of the V-zone and Green Belt areas.
• The building of a large number of houses equipped with Septic Tanks will pollute Hoi Ha Wan, will kill the marine life and may make the beaches unsafe for bathing.
• The coastline is of environmental importance and needs to be protected by a buffer zone of Coastal Protection Area at least 30 metres from the shore.
• The Hoi Ha Stream is of environmental importance and needs to be protected by a buffer zone of Conservation Area at least 30 metres wide.

Yours faithfully
Your name
From the organizer on November 22, 2013:
We will email TPB the signatures we have received by the close of the public consultation period on Wednesday 27 November. However, as the Town Planning Board will then still have a couple of months in which to consider letters of objection, we will continue to collect signatures for a further 2 months, until 21 January 2014
From the organizer on November 10, 2013:
We have dubbed our video into Cantonese:
http://youtu.be/ykDFVTviOMk

PETITION ENDS 24 December 2014


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  • 5,000
    signature goal





 
 

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The Petition Organiser agrees that ADMCF Ltd. may at its sole discretion remove any petition on the Site without prejudice to any claim for damages against the Petition Organiser. The Petition Organiser agrees and acknowledges that once ADMCF Ltd. removes a petition organized by the Petition Organiser on the Site, the Personal Data held by such Petition Organiser will no longer be required, and the Petition Organiser agrees to immediately cease using the Petition Signers' Personal Data, and agrees to erase and destroy all Personal Data in accordance with the Ordinance. The Petition Organiser agrees and acknowledges that under no circumstances will ADMCF Ltd. be responsible to a Petition Organiser for any loss or damage arising or related to our removal of any petition or any Petition Organiser's Content on the Site.

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The Petition Organiser undertakes to indemnify ADMCF Ltd., its affiliates, and each of their respective directors, officers, agents, contractors, partners and employees from and against any loss, liability, claim, demand, damages, costs and expenses, including reasonable attorney's fees, arising out of or resulting from the Petition Organiser's breach of any of the Terms and Conditions or the Ordinance. 

9. General

The Petition Organiser agrees that the laws of Hong Kong, without regard to principles of conflict of laws, will govern the Petition Organiser's Terms of Use and any dispute of any sort that might arise between it and ADMCF Ltd., any of its affiliates, or any of their respective directors, officers, agents, contractors, partners or employees. With respect to any disputes or claims, the Petition Organiser agrees not to commence or prosecute any action in connection therewith other than in the courts of Hong Kong, and the Petition Organiser hereby consents to, and waives all defenses of lack of personal jurisdiction and forum non conveniens with respect to, venue and jurisdiction in the courts of Hong Kong.   

ADMCF Ltd.'s failure to exercise or enforce any right or provision of the Petition Organiser's Terms of Use will not constitute a waiver of such right or provision in that or any other instance. The Terms and Conditions and any other legal notices published by ADMCF Ltd. on the Site, will constitute the entire agreement between the Petition Organiser and ADMCF Ltd. concerning the Services and the Site. If any provision of the Petition Organiser's Terms of Use is deemed to be unlawful, void or for any reason unenforceable, then that provision will be deemed severable from these Petition Organiser's Terms of Use and will not affect the validity and enforceability of any remaining provisions. 

PERSONAL INFORMATION COLLECTION STATEMENT

This Personal Information Collection Statement ("PICS") applies to all users (sometimes referred to as "you") who register for an account on our website www.SupportHK.org ("Site"). The website is operated and managed by the ADM Capital Foundation Limited ("ADMCF Ltd.")

ADMCF Ltd. is committed to ensuring the privacy of each users' personal data in accordance with the Hong Kong Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance (Cap 486) ("Ordinance").  This PICS sets out how ADMCF Ltd. may collect, use and disclose a user's personal information.  ADMCF Ltd. may at its sole discretion amend this PICS from time and time, and all use and access of the services on the Site, including but not limited to visiting, accessing or browsing the Site, signing or organizing a petition on the Site, and any other services ADMCF Ltd. may offer on the Site (collectively, the "Services") will be governed by the most recent PICS.  ADMCF Ltdwill provide notice of materially significant changes to this PICS by posting a notice on the Site and by sending a notice to all users with registered accounts on the Site.  

1. Collection of Personal Data

In order to access some features of the Services such as signing and/or organising a petition, you will need to create an account on the Site.  When you create an account, ADMCF Ltd. will collect the following information from you: 

  • your name;
  • the name of your organization if you are an authorized person opening an account on behalf of your organization;
  • country of residence; and
  • email address
(collectively, the "Personal Data").  
ADMCF Ltd. will only collect personal information that it believes is relevant and required to provide you with the Services.  In the event that you do not provide any of the Personal Data indicated as mandatory at the time of collection, we will not be able to provide you with access to the Services. 

2. Purposes of Collecting and Keeping Your Personal Data

ADMCF Ltd. collects, retains and uses your Personal Data for the following purposes:

  • to provide you with customer service including but not limited to using your feedback to improve the Services and the Site, and to respond to your queries, feedback or claims, and to support your needs more efficiently;
  • to perform auditing, data analysis, and research in order to improve our Services and the Site;
  • to process donation administration, such as issuing receipt acknowledgements, receipts, payment collection notices, donation records, etc.; 
  • to make such disclosures as may be required for any of the above purposes or as required by law or in respect of any feedback or claims made by you;
  • to allow you to sign petition(s) on the Site; and
  • provided that you opted in to receiving the SupportHK newsletter and other marketing materials from us, to provide you with information related to fundraising, education, social services, operations and functions of ADMCF Ltd.

3. Transfer of Personal Data

ADMCF Ltd. will disclose your Personal Data to the following parties directly related to the above-mentioned data collection purposes:  

  • any ADMCF Ltd. partnership office, our affiliates, and each of our respective directors, officers, agents, contractors, partners and employees;
  • any co-organiser, agent or other third party involved with ADMCF Ltd. in organising any fundraising, education, or social services activities; 
  • any agent, contractor or third party service providers engaged by us to provide administrative, computer, telecommunications, or other services in connection with our Services, and any fundraising, education, social services, operation functions ("Third Party Service Providers"). These Third Party Service Providers are under a duty of confidentiality to us and are only permitted to use your Personal Data in connection with the purposes specified above, and not for their own purposes;
  • any statutory, governmental or regulatory bodies, institutions or any person to whom ADMCF Ltd. is under an obligation to make disclosure under the requirements of any laws, subpoenas, court orders or other legal process binding on ADMCF Ltd.;
  • any law enforcement officers or others, in the good faith belief that such disclosure is reasonably necessary to: (i) enforce the General Terms of Use, the Petition Organiser's Terms of Use; or this PICS (ii) respond to claims that any posting or other content on the Site violates the rights of third-parties; or to (iii) protect the rights, property, or personal safety of ADMCF Ltd., our users or the general public.

4. Direct Marketing

If, when creating your account you opt in to receive the SupportHK newsletter and other marketing materials, ADMCF Ltd. may use your Personal Data to provide marketing materials to you relating to: 

  • the fundraising, education, social services, operations and functions of ADMCF Ltd. our affiliates and their respective co-organisers, as well as information about their respective initiatives, services, activities and other related information and services; 
  •  programs and services offered on ADMCF Ltd.'s Site; and
  • charitable activities and events organized by ADMCF Ltd., its affiliates or co-organisers.    

If at any time you do not want ADMCF Ltd. to use your Personal Data for direct marketing as described above, you may exercise your opt-out right by un-checking the box "[ ]"in your profiles and settings page, or by notifying ADMCF Ltd. via email to info@supporthk.org.

5. Transfer of Your Personal Data to a Petition Organizer

On or prior to the time you sign a petition on the Site, ADMCF Ltd., you will be required to create an account at which time we will seek your consent to permit: (a) ADMCF Ltd. to transfer your Personal Data to the Petition Organiser, and (b) for the Petition Organiser to transfer your Personal Data to the target(s) indicated in the petition.  If you do not consent to the transfer of your Personal Data as set out in the foregoing (a) and (b), you will not be able to sign a petition on the Site.

Once you have signed a petition, you will be allowed to opt in by ticking check box(es) "[ ]", to receive from the Petition Organiser:

  • petition updates, allowing the Petition Organiser to send you updates on the petition; and 
  • organizational updates, communications such as newsletters, surveys, fundraising appeals, announcements, research and event invitations in relation to the petition.

If you consent to us transferring your Personal Data to the Petition Organiser, you agree and understand that: 

  • ADMCF Ltd. has no control over the content, frequency and/or any other aspect of such communications between you and the Petition Organiser;  
  • ADMCF Ltd. does not in any way monitor or attempt to verify the intended recipients of any petition and/or the Petition Organiser and disclaims all liability regarding the accuracy of the intended recipient(s) of all petitions and/or Petition Organisers; 
  • ADMCF Ltddoes not in any way monitor or attempt to verify how the petition organiser uses your Personal Data, however all petition organisers must agree to abide by the Ordinance. Click here to preview Petition Organiser's Terms of Use; and
  • the Petition Organiser is a separate data user and is not an agent, contractor, data processor, or in any similar type of relationship with ADMCF Ltd., as such, in no event will ADMCF Ltd., its affiliates, or any of their respective directors, officers, agents, contractors, partners or employees be liable to you or any third party for any damages whatsoever arising from the petition organiser's use of your Personal Data.
If at any time you would like the petition organiser to cease using your Personal Data for petition updates as described above, you may exercise your opt-out right by un-checking the box "[ ]"in your profiles and settings page on the Site, or by contacting the Petition ORGANISER directly, or by notifying ADMCF Ltd. via email to info @supporthk.org. 
If at any time  you would like the Petition Organiser to cease using your Personal Data for direct marketing updates as described above, you may exercise your right by contacting the Petition ORGANISER directly, or by notifying ADMCF Ltd. via email to info@supporthk.org. 

6. Confidentiality 

Your Personal Data will be kept confidential in accordance with this PICS.  Any questions, comments, suggestions or information other than Personal Data sent or posted to us ADMCF Ltd. users will be deemed voluntarily provided to ADMCF Ltd. on a non-confidential and non-proprietary basis. ADMCF Ltd. reserves the right to use, reproduce, disclose, transmit, publish, broadcast and/or post elsewhere such information freely.

7. Safety of Personal Data

All reasonable efforts are made to ensure that any Personal Data held by ADMCF Ltd. are stored in a secure and safe place, and accessed only by our authorised employees or authorised Third Party Service Providers.

8. Right to Access and Correct Personal Data

Under the Ordinance, you have the right of access to your Personal Data held by ADMCF Ltd. and the Petition Organiser to request correction of the information.  If you have any questions regarding this PICS or if you wish to access or correct your Personal Data, you may send your request in writing to the following address:

SupportHK.org

Suite 2406, 9 Queen's Road, Central, Hong Kong

Or by e-mailing to: info@SupportHK.org

All such requests will be dealt within in accordance with the requirements under the Ordinance.  In accordance with the Ordinance, ADMCF Ltd. reserves the right to charge you a reasonable fee for the processing of any data access or correction request.

Your Consent

By ticking the checkbox "I agree to the Terms and Conditions of the Site", you are indicating that:

  1. you consent to us using your Personal Data as indicated above; and
  2. you have read, understood and agree to be bound by:

If you do not agree to any of the General Terms of Use, the Personal Information Collection Statement, or the Petition Organiser's Terms of Use (if applicable), please do not use our Services or the Site.

Please note that if ADMCF Ltddoes not receive your consent your personal data will not be used for direct marketing purposes by ADMCF Ltd. but may still be retained on ADMCF Ltd.'s database to enable us to provide you with the services requested by you. You have the right to request access to and to amend the Personal Data ADMCF Ltd. holds for you by sending an email to info@supporthk.org. 

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