[Exchange with residents of Peng Chau at the Peng Chau ferry pier on 25/9]
Eddie: I would like to begin building self-help networks in communities. Is there anything I could work on utilizing the resources as a legislative councilor, and what are the things in the community that need improvement?
1) Ferry services:
The ferry between Peng Chau and Central operated by HKKF is often late; ferry services are insufficient during peak hours and are not able to meet the needs of residents on the island, the next ferry after 7:30 p.m. for example, arrives after an hour.
The facilities at the pier and hygienic condition of the ferries are unsatisfactory. Weekend ferry fares are more expensive, and transportation fees are increasing on the whole.
2) Developments and environment:
Concern about the impacts on Peng Chau such as pollution and domestic wastes brought about by the Kau YI Chau artificial islands, the incinerator at Shek Kwu Chau, land reclamation projects of the Hong Kong-Macau-Zhuhai bridge and the developments of Lantau Island.
3) Concern about the collusion in the controversies of Wang Chau.
4) Medical service is not meeting the needs of the increasing and ageing population. In house consultation time of doctors are insufficient at the health center, resulting in long queues. Gynecological services had also long been suspended.
5) Concern about the screening of refugees and the issuing of One-Way Permit.
6) The upper floor of the market has been left vacant, resulting in a waste of resources.
7) There are insufficient recycling bins, no separation of wet and dry wastes. There is also no recycling of electronic appliances. The whereabouts of recycled materials are unknown, and residents’ awareness of recycling is low.
8) Animals in the community should be treated properly. More assistance should be allocated to help neutering community animals. Community animals should co-live with residents.