Date
11 December 2016
Netizens are enoucraging people to post photos of Nam Sang Wai on social media to help protect the area from development. Photos: Facebook/張生, Ctt Connie, Kim Wong, Felix Leung, Wong Wai Kit, Sebastian, Ellen Yeung
Netizens are enoucraging people to post photos of Nam Sang Wai on social media to help protect the area from development. Photos: Facebook/張生, Ctt Connie, Kim Wong, Felix Leung, Wong Wai Kit, Sebastian, Ellen Yeung

Nam Sang Wai could be lost forever

Picture this: small bridges, water crossings, luscious woods and secluded houses.

Now imagine giant shopping malls in their place.

Nam Sang Wai’s picturesque scenery is in danger of disappearing if plans to turn this quaint outpost in Yuen Long into a commercial area push through, news website hk01.com reports.

The proposal has been rejected many times but the developer is determined to move forward.

A public consultation will end on Oct. 21.

A group of netizens have launched a “One photo per person to speak for Nam Sang Wai” event, hoping to encourage others to voice their opinions to the Town Planning Board.

Nam Sang Wai is frequented by visitors on weekends and holidays, with people enjoying leisurely activities and simply admiring nature.

It also plays a key role in preserving Hong Kong’s biodiversity as an important piece of protected wetland.

Facebook groups are calling for letters to the Town Planning Board to protect Nam Sang Wai’s valuable resources.

They said any construction work in the area will upset the biodiversity and bird migration.

Sun Hung Kai Properties plans to build shopping malls and commercial fishing ponds.

The development will leave almost no public leisure space. The plan calls for 12 commercial blocks the size of 10 football fields.

Meanwhile, several other applications are under way.

Henderson Land Development and Macau’s billionaire Fu family want to build 29 apartment blocks and 140 houses in the area.

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