Secretary for Development, Director of Civil Engineering and Development,
On May 26th, 2017, the Schedule of Proposed Amendments to the Draft Kennedy Town and Mount Davis Outline Zoning Plan No. S/H1/20, made by the Town Planning Board under the Town Planning Ordinance (Chapter 131), has two items: Item A and B. I agree with Item A to retain Cadogan Street Temporary Garden, which should be kept in its current state. Given that the Town Planning Board has decided to retain the Park, as indicated in the Town Planning Board minutes and various discussions with the government, the Park is safe for use as an open space as it has been for the past 19 years, and decontamination is not required. Now that the Town Planning Board has zoned the landuse of the Park as Open Space (O), the related EIA report and permit are no longer valid as their assessments are based on the premise and standards that the landuse of the Park’s site is for residential buildings. Therefore, the overall scope, approach and EIA report should be revised accordingly!
I kindly request the Town Planning Board to state explicitly that the Development Bureau and CEDD exclude Cadogan Street Temporary Garden from the Kennedy Town ex-incinerator and nearby areas decontamination project, to enable the Park to be truly saved, so that they cannot use decontamination as an excuse to demolish the Park. The Development Bureau should also rescind the decontamination project from the Legislative Council’s Public Works and Finance Committee, to revise the scope, scale and approach of the decontamination project, in order to minimize disturbance to residents, mitigate public health risks and save taxpayers’ money, according to the situation that the Park should be retained.
Residents of Kennedy Town have persistently sought to retain Cadogan Street park, as this open space is very important to the community. Given that both the Town Planning Board and Harbourfront Commission Committee have now proposed to retain the Park and pointed out that decontamination of the Park is not required, I seek support from the Town Planning Board and related government departments to effectively bring about the preservation of the Park, by excluding it from decontamination and turning Cadogan Street Temporary Garden into a permanent park!