Recently we brought you the news that Silvermine Bay Beach at Mui Wo is undergoing a major upgrade that will include a range of new facilities and a viewing deck near the beach’s entrance.
The works fall under chief executive Leung Chun-ying’s 2013 policy address, in which he announced that a one-off HK$100 million would be earmarked for each district to initiate projects under the Signature Project Scheme. The Islands District Council chose Silvermine Bay Beach and a project on Lamma, with the Mui Wo works kicking off on November 21.
The renovation calls for the demolition of the existing beach service buildings and the construction of new beach buildings and associated buildings. Beachgoers can expect a new barbecue pit and sitting-out area, as well as the viewing deck.
All the facilities along the beach are expected to be closed until mid-2018.
“Just by the mouth of the Silver River, where the boats are moored at the start of the beach, they are going to have a viewing platform built,” Merrin Pearse of Living Islands Movement (LIM) says. “There will be construction work near the hotel and they are replacing the toilets, lifeguard buildings and barbecue pits at the swimming area. I don’t think the beach itself is actually going to be shut.”
However, the Leisure and Cultural Services Department has suspended lifeguard services while the works are underway and has advised the public to visit other beaches on Lantau, such as Pui O, Cheung Sha and Tong Fuk, during the closure period. For more information, visit the LIM website, www.livingislands.org.hk.
Illustration: Islands District Council