Sea Crest Villas and Anglers’ Bay need an elevator to connect Castle Peak Road. The two current accesses, the slope and the staircase, are both substandard public passages. I am liaising with the Government, using the barrier-free access standard, supported by the petition signed by the residents. I am confident there will be progress in the construction of the proposed elevator.
The response from Transport Department has been received on 20 October. In brief, there is a system to prioritise the places where barrier-free accesses are needed to reach the uphill areas. Mr Chan of the corresponding officer of Transport Department said, the proposal to build an elevator for Sea Crest Villas was not received during the commencement of the policy in 2012. Now Transport Department has acknowledged the proposal, and will be evaluated in the next round.
Proposed elevator for barrier-free access
Safely connect Sea Crest Villas and Angler’s Bay
The staircase on the slope is the major way to access Sea Crest Villa Phase 1&2 and Angler’s Bay. Apart from tiring, climbing the stairs is dangerous for the elderly. As for the road, street lights and road signs occupied the pavement. It is impossible for wheelchairs to pass through.
Therefore, I suggest an elevator be built to ensure safety for all.
Since the release of “Design Manual: Barrier-free access 2008” in response to the “Disability discrimination ordinance”, new construction and major alteration or addition to existing buildings must meet the barrier-free standards. Although it looks like a responsibility, it may be an opportunity to the access road of Sea Crest Villa. The existing road is substandard in both inclination and width. Because of insufficient length, it is impossible to meet the standards by re-laying out the surface. An elevator is the most effective way to provide the access between Castle Peak Road and the access road. I sent a proposal to Transport Department and Highways Department using this rationale.
However, due to the private road nature of the access road, the Government may not be willing to build the proposed elevator. I have prepared a simple work plan to respond to the possible responses from the Government. For the same reason, the Government may request the cost be bore by the property owners as well. Owners please stay relaxed. My duty is to propose and urge the Government to respond whether to build or not to build and why so. As for the actual conditions and decisions are to be determined by the owners and owners’ corporations.
Among the projects listed in the existing policy “Uphill elevator system”, the 14th project, Hong Sing Gardens escalator, and the 16th project, Saddle Ridge Garden elevator, have some similarities in regard to geographical and population conditions with our district, which are good references. We have made the following requests to Transport Department: Request the elevator proposal of Sea Crest Villas to be evaluated and listed in the sequence of construction, and request for the marking rubric.
For the full text of the letter to the Government, please see Chinese version.