Update on HKR’s future plan for DB and CY Leung's possible involvement
- Written by arounddb
Dr Francis Chiu, DB resident and Convener of “We Deserve Better” Action Group, sent an official letter to HKR, asking for comments on two issues: (1) HKR's future development plan for DB; (2) the possible involvement of HK Chief Executive CY Leung in DB's affairs.
As Dr Francis Chiu explains: "We are concerned about the reports in the newspapers in the last few days regarding the possible 'mass development' within DB. I wrote to HKR hoping to get more information regarding this. They gave me the standard reply below which contains no useful information. The suggestion in the newspaper that the Chief Executive (CY Leung) may somehow be involved in the affairs of DB makes the matter more complicated and more worrying.
"No matter what the relationship between HKR and the CE may be, HKR can never skip the statutory step of submitting an application to the Town Planning Board for new development projects in DB. When HKR does so, there will be a statutory consultation process for us to express our views and concerns. At that point, we surely must not be quiet about what we feel, especially if we see something that we don't like.
"We, as a group, do not believe that DB's current infrastructure is able to cope with any of such huge developments. Such developments can also significantly alter our way of life. So I will be extremely worried if anything like that is ever proposed. We will continue to monitor this matter closely and update you if there is any new development."
Letter from Dr Francis Chiu to HKR:
Date: 21/07/2015 15:04
Subject: Future Development in DB
We refer to the news articles in various newspapers today and yesterday concerning HKR's plan on future developments in DB. We are most concerned that any huge development will affect existing residents. To put our minds at ease, can you confirm whether your company is planning huge development in DB as reported in the newspaper? If yes, where are the locations and how many housing units involved?
We look forward to your prompt reply.
Dr Francis T W Chiu
<We Deserve Better> Action Group
Reply from HKR
Date: Wed, Jul 22, 2015 at 10:20 AM
Subject: Re: Future Development in DB
Dear Dr Chiu,
Thank you for your email.
Please see below our reply on behalf of Hong Kong Resort Company Limited:
As a property developer, Hong Kong Resort Company Limited constantly conducts feasibility studies on various development projects and would submit applications for viable ones identified. Due to commercial reasons, we will announce details as and when appropriate.
With best regards,
Corporate Communications Department
HKR International Limited