Said one resident during our consultation street campaign, our waterfront is the most precious resources of our community.
I recognise this as an opportunity to urge the government to include district facilities in this major infrastructure development, e.g. Workout facilities, tree-shaded paths for non-cycling residents to enjoy as well.
Enhance resident participation in waterfront planning
Execute the planning intention and enjoy the waterfront space
On the meeting of district facilities committee on 7 July 2015, the Government clarified that “Civil Engineering and Development Department has no plan to suspend the project of Tsuen Wan-Tuen Mun bicycle lane” and “(CEDD) expects the confirmation of the routing and preliminary design solution early next year”.
I recognise that the waterfront planning should not be limited to the bicycle lane. It should rather be conducted by engaging with the residents. A more comprehensive planning and more diversified recreational facilities for all is expected from us.
The Government proposes to build a bicycle lane, only. This could not tackle the problem of our district, which is the lack of facilities. The Government normally consult the public until they have a mature design, a top-down approach. I embrace the contrary. Our district should think bottom-up: Instead of considering “whether our district needs and is suitable to build a bicycle lane”, we should consider “how would we like the waterfront to become?”.
I refuses to “fight” for district improvements by just saying. In my policy platform, residents are invited to participate in the discussion, with the help of architectural renderings, in the hope of reaching a consensus.
Engaging the residents with the waterfront planning is the intent of the policy. I will listen to and act according to the residents. I will reflect your concerns with design.
Recreational facilities under-provided and
waterfron space under-utilised
Residents need recreational facilities. A properly planned waterfront could provide multiple activity spaces.
Residents take the initiative
Normally the government have a preliminary design before consulting the public. However, in order to let the decision-makers more informed, I in advance collect the opinion of the residents and express our views.
Build diversified facilities
In addition to serving those who bikes, the waterfront should also include other facilties to benefit all the residents.
Success requires balance
Yokohama Terminal provides a large piece of landscaped public space. It does more than making the journeys of visitors better, it serves the local residents as a convenient place of retreat.
Preliminary consultation summary
Two street consultation sessions collected 36 piece of public opinion. Further consultation session will be held. For the time being, there are roughly four groups of opinion.
Group 1: Support for a more vibrant community (36%)
Group 2: Hope to preserve the peaceful neighbourhood (25%)
Group 3: Support for the bicycle lane but have no opinion for other facilities (14%)
Group 4: Object to any development to the waterfront (22%)
If you have any opinion to the future of our waterfront, please let us know.
With regard to the opinion of the residents, three impression drawings are made for further discussion. These images will be submitted to the Government when the consultation and proposal is getting more mature and comprehensive.