A handful of residents in the Western District have camped out at the Cadogan Street Temporary Garden in Kennedy Town to oppose the government’s decision to demolish the recreational facility, Apple Daily reports.
The protest, led by Democratic Party district councilor Hui Chi-fung, coincides with a signature campaign to demand the retention of the park.
The petition will be submitted to the Town Planning Board before May 11, the last day of the public consultation on the proposed demolition.
“We would be without a park for up to seven years if the park is to be taken down by the government,” a local resident surnamed Wong said, adding that they are trying to protect old trees such as agarwood inside the park.
According to official documents, the government will spend up to HK$1.1 billion to remove underground pollution in the park as the place used to host a slaughterhouse and an incineration facility.
After the renovation of the park, the government may allow its redevelopment into a private residential project.
If that happens, the government would need to apply to the Town Planning Board for any changes to the land use, a process that could take seven to 10 years, factoring in the time of construction.
Hui said the residents participating in the protest are aware they may be violating the law with their action.
But he said he has learned from the Leisure and Cultural Services Department that authorities have no immediate plans to force the protesters out of the park.
– Contact us at [email protected]