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Old March 3rd, 2009, 05:12 AM   #61
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Dodgy lift repairers face public blacklist
18 February 2009
Hong Kong Standard

A performance rating system showing demerit points of lift maintenance contractors will be established to help flat owners choose a contractor. The selection list is among measures to be introduced to enhance lift safety.

There were 36 lift failures last year, some involving the breaking of suspension cables and worn-out or defective parts. In the worst case last October, an empty lift plunged 14 floors to the ground at a public housing estate.

After the spate of incidents, the government made about 900 lift inspections. In 13 cases in five public housing estates, suspension cables were badly worn.

A government spokesman said three contractors were involved in the 13 cases: Kone Elevator (HK), Thyssenkrupp Elevator (HK) and Lighthouse Elevator Engineering.

Contractors are now required to carry out and log periodic maintenance.

Maintenance activities will have to be performed by at least two workers and the Electrical and Mechanical Services Department will carry out more surprise checks.

Contractors are also required to report serious lift incidents, which will be made public within 12 hours after confirmation.

The government will also provide a sample tender document for lift owners, and contractors are required to provide all-inclusive maintenance contracts.

To enhance building safety, the government has introduced a new regulation on building minor works which has been classified into three classes to be carried out by three types of contractor who need to meet government standards.

The public is also encouraged to appoint authorized contractors to certify existing minor household structures.

The Buildings Department carried out 32,847 unauthorized building works orders in private buildings last year.
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Old March 16th, 2009, 04:57 PM   #62
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房委會「徵用」惹爭議 勾地表蚊型地擬建公屋
12 March 2009
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地產市道淡靜,勾地表內的地皮無人問津,近年「求地若渴」的房委會,改向勾地表「打主意」,政府相關部門初步同意將大埔寶鄉街一幅「蚊型」住宅地剔出勾地表,改作公屋發展。但有地產界人士擔心,隨意在勾地表抽走地皮,會扼殺中小型發展商的生存空間。

記者:歐志軍

新一年度勾地表公布在即,料有土地會被「徵用」剔出勾地表。房署官員昨日向大埔區議會交代覓地興建公屋的進展,指大埔醫院後方用地雖獲得區會同意,但由於開發成本高昂,估計發展需時十一年。經研究後,認為可考慮揀選現時勾地表內的大埔寶鄉街地皮發展公屋。

根據勾地表資料,位於大埔市地段第一百六十六號的大埔寶鄉街地皮,屬於商住地皮,佔地僅約零點三公頃,房署計畫連同附近斜坡一併發展,令可供建屋的地皮面積增至約半公頃,僅能興建一幢公屋。

房署估計可提供約四百五十個單位,供二千人入住。大埔寶鄉街地皮於○四至○五年度列入勾地表,並曾於○七年一月獲發展商試勾,惟勾地價未達政府底價而遭拒。

中原地產研究部聯席董事黃良昇估計,該幅地皮呎價約為一千五百至二千元,若從勾地皮表剔出,庫房會少收二億至三億五千萬元。他認為,當局如果將已納入勾地表的土地隨意抽走,是出爾反爾,「現在沒有人勾,不代表將來無人勾;勾地表需要有一些小型土地存在,才能讓中小型發展有空間。」

業界轟扼殺生存空間

不過,身兼房委會建築小組成員的立法會議員劉秀成認為,勾地表內的土地未能勾出,證明在市場沒有需要,面對公屋土地供應漸見緊張,贊成將勾地表內長期乏人問津的土地改作公屋發展。

大埔區議會任啟邦亦認為,寶鄉街地皮在私人市場反正「無人吼」,用作興建公屋可以略為紓緩區內居民的住屋需要,但由於地盤太細,希望房署能考慮連同鄰近的社區中心和鄉事委員會兩幅用地一併發展,以擴大公屋發展規模。他又說,由於該幅用地只能新增數百個單位,區議會未來仍須再向房署爭取其他土地,始能滿足區內居民的長遠住屋需要。
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四矚目地皮遭剔除
21 March 2009
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社會對於可發展用地的發展密度極為重視,令勾地表的地皮組合,無可避免受到影響。去年被譽為勾地表「地王」的上環信德中心毗鄰商業用地,因政府考慮降低用地的發展參數,暫時剔出勾地表。至於位於西半山的波老道住宅用地,則受區內用地涉及訴訟影響,最快可出售日期再順延一年,預計最快明年三月推出市場。

市值估計超過一百億元的上環中港道地皮,去年政府曾建議降低項目的地積比率和高限,並由於需要就新發展參數與區議會商討,最終與位於荃灣楊屋道的酒店用地雙雙暫時從勾地表剔除。

發展局局長林鄭月娥指出,位於何文田忠孝街八十一號的前何文田警察宿舍用地,當局評估後認為項目受到的噪音影響,將不適合作住宅用途,或會迎合居民要求作政府或機構等用途,詳細發展仍須研究,故該地與擬作公屋用途的大埔寶鄉街地皮,將永久剔除。

實際上,政府早前覆核多幅用地的發展密度,林鄭月娥指出,其中十五幅已降低密度,幅度介乎百分之八至逾五成;由於修改發展密度需要透過修改分區大綱圖等程序,林鄭月娥坦言,部分用地未必可即時供發展商試勾,惟強調當局會在有把握的情況下盡快推出地皮。至於粉嶺皇后山低密度住宅用地,亦因待進行空氣流通評估而未能推出。

縱觀六十一幅勾地表用地中,約十幅地皮最快出售日期為今年十二月至明年三月,其中位於西半山波老道二十一、二十三至二十五號的滾存住宅用地,最快明年三月方可推出發售。

林鄭月娥解釋,有關用地早前曾進行覆檢,包括加入高限和降低發展密度二成三,惟由於其所處的西半山分區大綱圖因區內另一幅用地牽涉訴訟,整幅大綱圖的審批程序需要暫停,從而使波老道用地遲遲未能推出。

資料顯示,用地原高限為二百五十米(主水平基準上.下同),城規會去年建議將高限降至二百一十至二百三十米,地積比率亦由逾六點五倍,降至五倍水平。

另外,同區的太古地產西摩道住宅用地發展,早前獲上訴庭判予勝訴,城規會發言人稱,尊重上訴法庭的判決,城規會在考慮判詞、法律意見後、地點的獨特規劃和對城規會運作和功能上的影響等因素後,一致決定不就案件向終審法院上訴■
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Boost in spending planned for low-income public housing
12 March 2009
South China Morning Post

The central government plans to step up spending on public housing for low-income families as part of its drive to improve people's well-being.

Qi Ji, vice-minister of Housing and Urban-Rural Development, said yesterday that 33 billion yuan (HK$37 billion) had been earmarked - almost five times last year's total - to build low-rent flats this year in an effort to address housing problems for 2.6 million families.

Beijing's outlay on the same sector was 6.8 billion yuan last year and 5.1 billion yuan in 2007.

"Last year we built 630,000 low-rent houses, a significant increase over the previous year. This year we plan to solve the housing difficulty of 2.6 million low-income families across the country, about 70 per cent of whom will move into houses provided by the government," Mr Qi said. "The other 30 per cent will get a subsidy for housing."

The announcement echoed Premier Wen Jiabao's pledge in his annual work report a week ago that Beijing would speed up implementation of policies and measures to promote low-income housing projects. It also reflected changes to the country's stimulus package outlined in the National Development and Reform Commission's draft plan for national economic and social development.

The commission has suggested spending less on big infrastructure projects and more on social development by trimming money for transport infrastructure construction projects from 1.8 trillion yuan to 1.5 trillion yuan and boosting allocations for health, education, culture and other social development from 40 billion yuan to 150 billion yuan. Spending on low-income housing has been increased to 120 billion yuan.

Guo Songhai, director of the real estate research centre under the Shandong Institute of Economics, said the increased spending was long overdue and reflected the central government's increased focus on improving well-being, especially for low-income families.

"Low-income families comprise around 20 per cent of the whole population, but low-rent housing and affordable housing was mainly just talk because it accounted for less than 10 per cent of the whole property supply from 2002 to 2007," Professor Guo said. "The great leap in spending shows the government really means to enforce the policy well this time."

Mr Qi said the houses would be no bigger than 50 square metres each and were meant for low-income urban families whose accommodation now amounted to less than 10 square metres per person.

About 10 million households across the country fell into this category in 2005, but by last year conditions had eased for 2.5 million households because of the low-rent housing programme and slum-reconstruction projects.

A further 2.29 million households received subsidies in that period, according to Mr Qi. He said that for those medium- and low-income families and fresh college and university graduates who did not meet the subsidy criteria or could not buy affordable housing, local governments were encouraged to develop public lease housing. This would gradually cover migrants.
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Survey spurs call for more lifts at Link's malls
11 April 2009
South China Morning Post

The Link has been urged to install more lifts or escalators in its shopping malls after a political party's survey found six of them had neither facility and many others only had escalators that went in one direction.

"In some of them, shoppers need to carry heavy bags down stairs. It might be dangerous when the floor is slippery on rainy days," said a spokesman for the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong, which did the survey.

The DAB checked the suitability for use by elderly shoppers of The Link Management's 102 shopping centres on public housing estates. Formerly government-owned, they were sold to The Link Real Estate Investment Trust in 2005.

Three malls in Tuen Mun - the Sam Shing, Siu Hei and Tai Hing commercial centres - Wong Tai Sin's Wang Fai and Tung Tau Estate shopping centres and the Chun Shek centre in Sha Tin had neither lifts nor escalators, the DAB found.

Of those with escalators, 15 per cent ran them either up or down but not in both directions. The party also found that a fifth of the shopping centres had no toilets for wheelchair users and a third did not have non-slip flooring at entrances.

"Many of the shopping centres we visited are close to public housing estates where a lot of elderly people are living. Unfortunately, the shortage of necessary facilities will cause them much inconvenience," the party's spokesman said. He urged the property management company to take the needs of the elderly into account and improve the shopping environment.

The Link runs 180 shopping centres, wet markets and car parks.

A spokesman for The Link said it had been upgrading the properties acquired from the Housing Authority since taking them over four years ago.

"Depending on the circumstances of the property, these enhancements may include improvements to passageways and installing lifts or escalators to add to the public's convenience," he said.
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Blocks' height cut to avoid spoiling view of Lion Rock from Kai Tak
14 April 2009
South China Morning Post

The height of two planned public housing blocks in Wong Tai Sin is to be slashed to avoid spoiling the view of Lion Rock from the Kai Tak redevelopment and Hong Kong Island.

Planned at 48 floors, the two blocks of Tung Tau Estate phase nine will be reduced by as much as 41 metres, and built with a stepped effect ranging from 29 to 34 floors for one and 35 to 38 for the other.

At the highest point, the Housing Department project between Prince Edward Road East and Lok Sin Road is to be cut from 153 to 112 metres.

Chief structural engineer Chan Siu-tack said the change would offer a better view of the landmark.

"With the lowered estate buildings midway, people will be able to enjoy the beautiful silhouette of the mountain in full from any point of the Kai Tak view corridor," he said.

The government this year mapped out a three-stage development plan for the 320-hectare area in Kai Tak, which includes housing and commercial towers, a sports stadium, a cruise terminal, a park and a view corridor.

The Tung Tau Estate project, with a cost of HK$661 million, will comprise 1,333 flats, each ranging from 150 sq ft to 420 sq ft.

The blocks will be connected on the ground floors, which will be 6 metres high to allow for more sunlight and wind to enter.

A community complex centre will also be built next to the blocks, providing an auditorium, dressing and meeting rooms, and other facilities.

As there are five primary and secondary schools close to the construction site, Mr Chan said, the department had taken measures to reduce noise, such as erecting high panels around the site and inviting noise-proofing experts to offer advice.
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房署3年再拆3石棉邨 40年屋邨待檢查 議員促公開全部名單
4月13日 星期一 05:05

【明報專訊】房屋署即將清拆裝有大量含石棉通花磚的牛頭角下邨,再度引起工會對清拆石棉安全問題的關注。房屋署進一步透露,未來3年要額外清拆3處「石棉樓」,除牛頭角下邨外,還包括蘇屋邨一期、東頭邨22座及九龍灣工廠大廈。另有若干40年樓齡屋邨仍殘存石棉構件有待全面檢查,但外界未有一份整全名單可作警惕。

立法會 房屋事務委員會主席王國興質疑房署 缺乏透明度,他稱近年落實的舊邨勘察計劃將延長部分「石棉樓」壽命,雖然保養良好的石棉構件不會影響居民健康,但署方有責任公開所有餘下未拆的含石棉樓宇名單,讓居民和互委會有所警惕。他對房署的維修石棉工程質素感滿意,相信公開名單不會為居民帶來恐慌。

坐落蘇屋邨東頭邨九龍灣

房屋署曾於80年代披露全港約有400幢公屋含有石棉,決定清拆部分有即時危險的構件,餘下則透過屋邨重建計劃取締,如樂富邨和李鄭屋邨等,今年清拆的牛頭角下邨(二)屬最後一期。

房屋署的40年樓齡屋邨勘察計劃及廠廈清拆計劃,進一步確認蘇屋邨一期10幢樓宇、東頭邨22座及九龍灣工廠大廈涉及結構安全和含有石棉,將在未來3年陸續清拆。

房屋署總結構工程師陳少德接受本報訪問時指出,當年房署已制定「三級制」處理石棉,當中有即時危險的石棉構件已即時清除,無即時危險的會外加保護層密封。危險性最低的則會保留,至建築物拆卸時才處理。

牛下待居民撤離後才清拆

陳少德以牛頭角下邨為例,清拆石棉程序會在所有居民遷離後才展開,工人將樓層逐一用膠布完全隔離,然後在出口安裝密封式的「三進除污室」,供工人進入清拆位置時穿著全套保護衣物,離開時則在內沐浴更衣才可離去。

他指出,工人要進一步以木板和膠布將通花磚作第二重隔離,然後在通花磚表面噴上滲透性溶液,才可減低石棉塵飄揚,最後人手逐塊通花磚鑿離,放入膠袋或貯存桶密封。他重申,承建商須在地盤周邊嚴格監察空氣,確保石棉塵無飄離工地,因此鄰近民居毋須憂慮清拆行動影響健康。

房署發言人補充,會定期檢查未清拆的含石棉屋邨,確保已密封及餘下石棉建築構件狀况良好,推行40年樓宇勘察時會再全面檢查。承建商翻新樓宇時,亦須留意工程不會影響石棉狀况。

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Housing Authority members seek more resources, greener methods
10 June 2009
South China Morning Post

Housing Authority members have urged the government to ensure an adequate supply of land for public-housing estates, prepare for challenges from the economic crisis and adopt a greener approach to building.

Members raised the concerns at the authority's annual special open meeting yesterday.

Anthony Cheung Bing-leung cast doubt on the government's pledge to place a three-year limit on the amount of time applicants must wait to secure public housing, saying the number of applicants seemed to have been on the rise over the past year.

In the first three months of this year, more than 9,700 people submitted applications, compared with 5,000, 8,000 and 10,000 respectively in the preceding three quarters, he said.

"It will be hard for the government to handle the increasing demand if it cannot secure more land" on which to build public housing estates, Professor Cheung said. The Housing Department said earlier it planned to build 15,000 public housing units over each of the coming five years.

Another member, Stephen Yip Moon-wah, was concerned about "biases" against public-housing construction. "Some private estate owners oppose building public-housing estates near where they live as they don't want to share public facilities, or worry of a paper loss in their properties' market price," said Mr Yip.

Michael Choi Ngai-min raised concerns about the financial challenges the authority might face during the economic downturn.

"It's predictable that the authority's investment revenue is likely to suffer a loss in the mid to long term because of the financial tsunami. However, the number of public-housing applicants may keep growing due to a high unemployment rate," he said.

"The authority must be prepared to deal with the challenge, as it may have to spend more on building public-housing estates while its revenue shrinks."

Some members also suggested the government adopt more "green ideas", such as increasing greenery on buildings' roofs, using environment-friendly building materials, and separating out trash on housing estates for recycling. The Housing Department will respond to members' concerns and inquiries at a meeting on July 17.

Several activists from the Grassroots Housing Rights Defence Alliance protested at the Housing Authority's office in Ho Man Tin yesterday, urging the authority to reveal the details of two tenants' revenue surveys it has conducted. The survey results will be used as a reference for the authority in its rent review next year.

Secretary for Transport and Housing Eva Cheng said the surveys had been conducted in line with the Housing Ordinance and were transparent.
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Cheaper, greener designs to be used for lifts
15 June 2009
South China Morning Post

Environmentally friendly designs and cost-saving building techniques will be used to install lifts in some of the city's oldest public-housing estates.

There are 35 blocks in 12 estates, most of them built in the 1960s and 1970s, that do not have lifts. The Housing Department plans to install lifts in all these buildings. It intends to use "precast lift shafts" and a "machine-room-less" design, which would cut costs, shorten the construction period and reduce the nuisance to residents.

Bik Shui House, a seven-floor block in Shui Pin Wai Estate, Yuen Long, will be the first to get lifts using the precast technique.

Leung Sai-chi, a district management head with the department, explained that the different parts of the steel shaft would be prefabricated and welded together at the site. Energy-saving and low-noise lifts would be installed in the shaft.

Compared with the traditional way of building a concrete shaft onsite, the new technique is expected to shorten the construction period from 22 to 11 months and save about HK$8 million each.

"There are some 200 families and 90 elderly residents living in the block. This creative technique can largely reduce the noise and minimise the nuisance," he said.

The lift will be designed so that a machine room will not be necessary. The machine room, found on the roof of most high-rise buildings, houses the traction machinery and control panels.

Mr Leung said the new design integrated these parts into the lift shaft so that a dedicated room was not needed.

The department first used the new design in Hing Wai House on the Tai Hing Estate, Tuen Mun.
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Space urged for activities in public blocks
2 June 2009
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A legislator has asked the Housing Authority to spare one or two floors in public-housing blocks for tenants to hold communal activities.

At a meeting yesterday of the Legislative Council housing panel, lawmakers asked for more creative building designs to enhance tenants' quality of life.

Legislator Frederick Fung Kin-kee said high-rise public blocks were too crowded and there should be more communal space in buildings for tenants' gatherings or other activities. "It is not unusual to see public blocks 40 to 50 storeys tall nowadays. There should not be a big problem to spare one or two floors for tenants to have gatherings. Or they can simply use the space to hang out their clothes to dry."

Secretary for Transport and Housing Eva Cheng, who is also the Housing Authority chairwoman, expressed reservations about the idea. "We have to be very careful because there is a need for us to make the most use of the land."

Panel members also wanted improvements to new estate buildings' designs to be incorporated into older public blocks. But officials said it could be too costly and too difficult to do so.

Among new design initiatives is a twin-tank water system, aimed at addressing complaints about long suspension of water supplies during tank clean-ups. The extra tank will guarantee continuity of supply during cleaning or repairs on the other.

The new designs apply to new estates only. Legislators in general welcomed the move, but criticised the authority for overlooking existing tenants. Mr Fung said: "Old estates where most tenants are old people need the improvements the most."
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LCQ17: Waiting List for public rental housing
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
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Following is a question by the Hon Wong Kwok-hing and a written reply by the Secretary for Transport and Housing, Ms Eva Cheng, in the Legislative Council today (July 8):

Question:

Some organisations have relayed to me that members of the public currently encounter much difficulty in applying for and awaiting allocation of public rental housing (PRH) units. In this connection, will the Government inform this Council:

(a) of the numbers of PRH units allocated to non-elderly one-person applicants by the Hong Kong Housing Authority (HA) in each of the past three years;

(b) of the respective numbers of applicants on the PRH Waiting List (WL) at the end of each of the past three years and at present, broken down by their age groups (i.e. 18 to 29, 30 to 39, 40 to 49, 50 to 59, 60 or above) and, among them, the numbers of non-elderly one-person applicants;

(c) of the respective numbers of non-elderly one-person applicants on PRH WL at the end of each of the past three years and at present, broken down by their education levels (i.e. primary, junior secondary, senior secondary and matriculated, post secondary, bachelor's degree, master's degree or above);

(d) of the respective numbers of PRH units allocated to non-elderly one-person applicants in each of the past three years and the first half of this year, broken down by the waiting time concerned (i.e. less than one year, one to two years, from over two years to three years, over three years);

(e) of the numbers of single-person PRH units recovered by HA in each of the past three years;

(f) of the respective numbers of single-person PRH units the construction of which had been commenced and completed in each of the past three years; and the numbers of single-person PRH units which will be provided by HA in each of the coming five years;

(g) of the numbers of cases in which single-person applicants on PRH WL switched to applications for families in each of the past three years; and

(h) what justifications were used by HA when it set the criteria for determining the points scored by non-elderly one-person applicants under the points system?

Reply:

President,

The Housing Authority (HA) introduced the Quota and Points System for Non-elderly One-person Applicants (QPS) in September 2005 to rationalise and re-prioritise the allocation of public rental housing (PRH) to non-elderly one-person applicants. QPS was introduced to address the problem brought about by a dramatic upsurge in the number of non-elderly individuals applying for PRH on their own. The problem, if unchecked, would greatly undermine the HA's ability to provide housing assistance to families in greater need. Just like other Waiting List (WL) applicants, non-elderly one-person applicants may apply for the Express Flat Allocation Scheme (EFAS) and those with a pressing need for housing may also apply for compassionate rehousing through recommendations by the Social Welfare Department.

My reply to the eight parts of the question is as below:

(a) Over the past three years, the number of PRH flats allocated to non-elderly one-person applicants under the QPS were 1,323 units in 2006/07, 1,593 units in 2007/08 and 1,991 units in 2008/09. Besides, over 1,000 non-elderly one-person applicants were rehoused to PRH through the EFAS and compassionate rehousing per year over the past three years. Therefore, in the past three years, around a total of 3,000 non-elderly one-person applicants were rehoused to PRH per year.

(b) The age distribution of overall WL applicants and those under the QPS over the past three years and at present is as below (please refer to attachment table 1);

(c) According to the findings of the Survey on WL Applicants for PRH, the distribution of non-elderly one-person applicants in terms of education level over the past three years is as below (please refer to attachment table 2);

(d) The distribution of applicants under the QPS in terms of the waiting time from submission of applications to PRH allocation in the past three years and at present is as below (please refer to attachment table 3);

(e) & (f) The smallest PRH flats being constructed nowadays belong to the flat type of "1-2 person". At present, the HA does not build any units that are specifically designated for singletons only. Furthermore, apart from those Housing for Senior Citizen units which are no long under construction, the smallest units that the HA recovers are "1-2 person" flats. We are therefore unable to provide the requested information on "single-person PRH units" constructed and recovered by the HA per year. We will allocate the flats recovered to applicants/ households of appropriate sizes according to the allocation standard. Figures on flat allocation to one-person households in the past three years are provided for reference. In 2006/07, 27% of the total number of flats allocated were for one-person households. The respective figures for 2007/08 and 2008/09 were 27% and 23%.

(g) The number of one-person applicants switching to family applicants over the past three years were 5,400 cases in 2006/07, 3,200 cases in 2007/08 and 3,700 cases in 2008/09.

(h) The relative priorities for PRH allocation to applicants under the QPS are determined by the points they received. Points are assigned to the applicants on the basis of their age at the time of submitting the PRH applications, whether they are sitting PRH tenants and their waiting time. Three points would be assigned for applicants per age older when they submit the application. As PRH tenants are receiving public housing subsidies, they would be deducted 30 points. Besides, one additional point will be given for waiting on the WL for one more month.
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Help urged for cage home dwellers
22 June 2009
South China Morning Post

A non-governmental organisation has collected 7,000 signatures from the public, urging Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen to introduce measures to help residents in cage homes and cubicles in his next policy address.

The Society for Community Organisation (Soco) yesterday displayed a cage home on the open piazza of Times Square in Causeway Bay, to show passers-by its cramped living conditions. Some curious onlookers sat inside and took photographs of the three-level cage home, which had been taken from an old building in Tai Kok Tsui.

The group has interviewed about 100 residents of cage homes and cubicles in the past three months, and identified the 10 biggest problems they face. They include the danger posed by exposure to electrical wires, poor hygiene, a crowded living environment and frequent disputes among residents. Poor ventilation and high summer temperatures were particular threats to residents' health.

Sze Lai-shan, a community organiser for Soco, said it started the campaign in March and had collected about 7,000 signatures by yesterday. It hoped to gather several tens of thousands more by September and submit a petition to Mr Tsang before he delivered the policy address.

Soco urged the government to relax regulations, to allow residents of such dwellings to apply for public housing.

"Hong Kong is such an affluent society and the existence of cage homes demonstrates how wide the wealth gap is," Ms Sze said. "The government should set a timetable for eliminating cage homes. It should set a limit on the density and a cap on rents of these accommodations."

She criticised the HK$16.8 billion relief package announced by Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah last month for not mentioning these residents.
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當局不排除東涌填海建公屋
7 July 2009
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房委會近年一直面對公屋「地荒」問題,為求發掘更多建屋土地,發展局常任秘書長楊立門表示,當局不排除填海建屋的可能性,但由於維港比較敏感,未來十年只會在新界物色適合地方填海。

發展局常任秘書長楊立門昨出席立法會一個委員會時表示,當局會物色更多土地,確保房屋有足夠供應,應付未來二十年的預計人口增長,但不能低估有關工作的困難度,因當局估算的房屋供應可能錯配,預留的土地最終未必興建公屋。

拓展署聘顧問研可行性

他又表示,物色土地興建公屋有困難,當局會用不同方法產生更多土地,確保有充足土地興建公屋,不排除會以填海方式提供所需土地,但由於維港比較敏感,未來十年只會在新界物色適合地方填海。

據了解,政府擬於東涌逸東邨對出再填海,提供新的公屋用地,紓緩公屋鬧地荒問題;而為了開拓新的土地資源,政府亦有意在東涌北部進行大規模填海,推行第三、四期發展計畫,並交由土木工程拓展署聘顧問公司研究其可行性。

多名議員昨日批評政府每年供應一萬多個公屋單位,興建量太慢。民主黨何俊仁認為,天水圍公屋太集中,引申其他社會問題,當局不應以拖低樓價為藉口,將公屋集中在遠離市區地方。民建聯陳鑑林關注到,興建公屋同時必須配合區內其他配套,以應付人口增加後的需要。記者 歐志軍
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Karaoke coming to a public housing estate near you?

公屋商場開卡拉OK
2009年07月10日



厚德商場的社署社會保障辦事處現址租作經營卡拉OK娛樂場所。

領匯轄下屋邨商場的經營手法再被批評偏離正軌。將軍澳厚德商場一個原租給社會福利署社會保障辦事處的舖位租約期滿後,領匯改租予會提供酒精類飲品的加州紅卡拉OK經營,惹起該區區議員及居民群起反對,懷疑領匯加租逼走社署部門,再出租舖位予娛樂場所增加收入。居民最擔心娛樂場所賣酒會令屋邨環境變得品流複雜,衍生醉酒鬧事,及其他治安問題。他們批評領匯只顧商業利益,沒有社會企業良心。

領匯擬將將軍澳厚德商場西翼二樓L201至202號舖租予加州紅,經營時段由早上十時至凌晨四時。上址現為社署社會保障辦事處,社署表示該辦事處將遷往尚德商場的新址,但社署及領匯均拒絕透露搬遷辦事處是否與加租有關。
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西貢區議員凌文海表示,厚德邨、安寧花園、富寧花園、東港城等的互委會及業主立案法團都強烈反對,並向酒牌局提出有關意向。凌謂,居民不反對商場增設娛樂設施,但反對加州紅賣酒及經營至凌晨四時,擔心會惹來閒雜人等入邨及有人醉酒鬧事,破壞區內的淳樸民風。有居民擔心會令人流變得複雜,招引吸煙、飲酒及食丸仔的人士在邨內聚集。

加州紅發言人回覆本報查詢時表示,將軍澳有四十萬居民,不少是加州紅的會員,會員反映在區內沒有分店,要到區外唱K,半夜搭的士回家甚為不便,亦不安全,希望加州紅在區內開設分店。發言人指在商言商,加州紅與一般娛樂場所沒有分別,有自助餐及餐飲提供,可為一家大小提供娛樂,看不到領匯屋邨商場與其他商場有何不同。

發言人又表示,早前曾與該區居民代表及該區區議員會面,聽取意見,明白居民憂慮客人醉酒後離開商場的行為表現。她稱加州紅在營業時間上持開放態度,願與居民商討,她有信心可以取得牌照經營。

領匯沒有正面回應是否已將有關舖位出租開設卡拉OK,亦沒有回應現時轄下其他商場有否開設酒廊或卡拉OK,僅稱將軍澳厚德商場正朝着提供理想購物消閒好去處的方向提升服務,引入更多不同類型的商戶,讓居民有更多消費選擇。
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元朗建公屋計劃現轉機
2009年07月18日(六)


【本報訊】元朗洪水橋十三區公屋發展計劃及前凹頭政府宿舍地皮興建公屋計劃有轉機,元朗區議會最近向房屋署拋出新方案,若房署願意縮減前元朗邨現址興建公屋計劃,將公屋興建量由原來的一千五百個減至六百個,騰出該處大部分地皮興建政府大樓或商業設施,區議會願意放行洪水橋十三區及前凹頭政府宿舍地皮的公屋計劃,令有關建屋計劃可如期興建。

公屋鬧地荒問題嚴重,房署先後向元朗區議會提出在三幅地皮興建公屋,包括在前元朗邨舊址重建公屋、在洪水橋興建六千多個公屋單位及於前凹頭政府宿舍地皮建一千三百多個公屋,不過,元朗區議會強烈反對房署在前元朗邨舊址興建公屋,要求騰出有關地皮作酒店、商業發展,甚至作政府大樓,並揚言若房署堅持於該地皮興建公屋,區議會不會同意洪水橋及前凹頭政府宿舍建屋計劃,雙方僵持不下。
餘下地皮作商業發展

據了解,最近元朗區議會向房署拋出新方案,同意房署在前元朗邨舊址建公屋,但單位由原先一千五百多個大減至約六百個,即只建一幢公屋,地皮餘下面積則作商業發展,例如興建酒店。據悉,房署初步回應正面,雙方下星期會再作深入討論。

另外,為確保公屋申請人輪候三年上樓的承諾,房屋署署長陳鎮源表示,會爭取地皮建公屋時「經常面對多方面的挑戰」,會與其他政府部門及地區聯繫物色地皮,包括在規劃新發展區時預留土地,以及盡量保留清拆舊邨所得土地重建公屋,並會加強打擊濫用公屋,以加快單位流轉,確保可維持平均三年上樓承諾。
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