Secretary for Development,
I object turning the Western Cargo Working Area Berth 1-3 into community garden. Currently, this area has been a favourite public harbourfront space for residents to visit, including various popular usage in terms of hanging out with friends and families, jogging, leisure walking, and dog walking, etc. If a community garden is constructed, 80% of the public space will be fenced and no more free public access under disguised privatisation.
Even worse, the Central & Western District open space is already insufficient and significantly below Planning Guidelines (0.68sqm per person of local open space while the standard is 1 sqm). The government’s proposal would further deprive our Central & Western District residents the right to truly and much needed open and accessible space.
In addition, community garden should be located in the middle of the neighbourhood (eg, rooftop of buildings, nearby areas of residential buildings), while stay away from strong wind, strong prolonged sunlight and high salt air, so as to beautify the environment and purify the air with more urban greening, which is significantly lacking in Kennedy Town. The government should find other appropriate locations to meet the needs of community garden.
I request the government to openly consult the public and discuss with residents about how to use this area to make it more openly and vibrantly used by the public.
Pop Up Pier
CWD Planning and Conservation Kai-Fong Alliance
Sai Yau Office
Central and Western Concern Group
Protect Kennedy Town Alliance
Sai Wan Concern Group
Island West Dynamic Movement
Alliance for Protecting Cadogan Park
Victoria Waterfront Concern Group
Pound Lane Concern Group