[Community Report : Cheung Chau and Mui Wo]
Few days ago, Eddie and his team have visited Cheung Chau and Mui Wo to have more interaction with the neighbourhood and learn more about their communities. As the Government tends to bring in a numbers of negative issues during their developing, Eddie and his team hope to establish the co-awareness of the community and to find a way to solve the problems within the community.
Although there are only twenty minutes ferry ride distances between these two communities, Cheung Chau has been a tourist hotspot that suffers from long-term traffic all the time while Mui Woo is relatively calm but a place, which suffers from the negative impacts of the urban and housing development. Both of the places are located within East Lantau artificial island. A white elephant project that occurs overrun of the budget, ecological crisis, safety issues and so on. These communities would be the first two communities which suffers from the consequences of the air pollution.
Here is a brief summary that Eddie and his team got; do they also reflect your thought?
– Transportation: The Ferry services provider is not willing to provide more services during peak hours, weekends and school seasons.
– Bicycle usage: limited parking spaces, the provisions of the legislation for not being able to carry another person will limit their daily access to residents.
– Oppose the proposed incinerator in Shek Kwu Chau: The artificial island is likely to shift. The project is too extensive. The incinerator will cause emission of toxic gas. The policy on waste management which relies on incinerator does not fit into the direction of waste control
– Environmental issues: Waste sorting of food waste and plastic bottle etc. Recollection. Education at schools.
– Community: Want more social activities, such as public broadcast
– There is only ordinary ferry service at 6 a.m. Given that is the peak hour, can we have fast ferry?
– The Government should cater more for maritime transport. Road transport now dominantly leads the discussion and policy direction in the society, disregarding the interests of citizens of the Outlying Island. In fact, travelling by ferry is a good alternative to the road transport.
– The social facilities in Mui Wo are insufficient. For example, a campus has been vacant for years. Can we make use of it by turning it into a place for elderly services or recreation?
– Mui Wo is developing rapidly in recent years. The population and housing are growing fast. There are public housing and small houses. As a result, cattle’s living environment is being eroded.
– Mui Wo is becoming full. There are 2,000 indigenous inhabitants plus 7,000 newcomers as a result of the recent development and there will also be natural population growth. However, the transport system and facilities/infrastructure fail to catch up.
– Small houses are increasing fast, causing dump trucks entering prohibited zones. This causes damage to the environment and affects the living of inhabitants