More properties are being considered for housing – from vegetable stalls to golf courses, the government is looking at every alternative.
Vegetable market must make way for housing
Yesterday, Secretary for Development Paul Chan Mo-po and Secretary for Transport and Housing Anthony Cheung Bing-leung visited the sites of a golf practice center and a wholesale vegetable market in Chang Sha Wan. They revealed that the government intended to develop public housing at the venues. On the same day, the Planning Department recommended that housing be built on a site that is currently being used by a school in Ngau Tau Kok. Up to 2,900 new units could be built at the two locations. Chan also said that the government was considering developing a sports field into a housing site.
Government considering opening new school network for cross-border students
Yesterday, Secretary for Education Eddie Ng Hak-kim said that the government was thinking about establishing a new school network to help absorb children who live in Shenzhen but study in Hong Kong. Ng said that cross-border students that could not be placed in schools in northern Hong Kong would first be placed in schools in other districts. The surplus would then be placed in schools in the new network. However, education groups have complained that children who attend the new system might be labeled negatively. Parents and schools have recommended that the address of each student be changed to match the place in which the student is studying.
Leung says free-to-air TV license problem is very complicated
Yesterday, the Civic Party met with Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying. Leung was reportedly asked when the government would issue new free-to-air TV licenses. Leung responded that the grounds for issuing new licenses were not very clear and that the license issue was very complicated. His words were out of sync with an earlier statement by Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development So Kam-leung, who said that the government would resolve the matter as soon as possible. One legislator said that Leung’s response demonstrated that the movement to issue new licenses is frozen.