Category Archives: Planning

Zhang Dejiang and the politics of illegal car parking

The photograph below shows a senior Hong Kong government official’s car parked illegally outside the Hong Kong Club at lunchtime. It was sent by a reader who photographed it on May 3, and accompanied the photograph with the observation, “How nice to see AM 9 illegally parked on a double yellow line all because it’s arrogant driver was attending a private lunch at Hong Kong Club. “There was a time when ministers or LegCo members set an example for the rest of society to follow.  Now they are self-important jokes who see themselves above the law.” Continue reading

Contractors say HZM bridge 2017 deadline is unconvincing

The government’s target for completing the Hong Kong portion of the Hong Kong–Zuhai-Macau bridge by December 2017 is looking increasingly unconvincing. The project which includes an artificial island to house the Hong Kong Boundary Crossing Facilities (HKBCF) has been fraught with delays. But there are now fresh doubts over the Dec 2017 target following the recent application by the Highways Department for an extension of the use of the land which accommodates the HKBCF site office, for another four and half years.  Continue reading

Rampant illegal parking – another failure of government

Illegal parking in the urban areas is getting worse. The government engages in public hand-wringing over traffic congestion and illegal parking yet takes little serious action to combat it. The recent announcement that it intends to increase the amount of a fixed penalty ticket is unlikely to deter illegal parkers because, as many have pointed out, enforcement by the police and traffic wardens is weak. Continue reading

Hopewell plays games with the town planning process

Hopewell Holdings continues to play fast and loose with the Town Planning Board in an effort to expand its massive Hopewell Centre II development in Wan Chai. It has recently withdrawn its application from the Town Planning Board (TPB) for what it misleadingly calls “minor refinements and enhancements” to a plan that was approved in 2009. Continue reading

Government backs away from Stanley Car park controversy

For some years Stanley residents, have been watching in horror as the prospect of government plans for a multi-story car park looms ever larger. But there are indications that the madness of this scheme is becoming apparent to government and Howardwinnreports, understands that it is attempting to distance itself from the project. Continue reading