Famous walking trail under threat from development
Historic village, situated in a greenbelt zone, has been proposed as one of five prime sites for the first batch of homes in a new public housing project
Little Hawaii Trail, a popular walking path situated at the north of Hong Kong’s Tseung Kwan O Village, is under threat from a planned public housing development.
Apple Daily reports that a document from Sai Kung District Council reveals that the north of Tseung Kwan O Village, part of a greenbelt zone, has been proposed by the Planning Department as one of five prime sites for the first batch of housing in the project.
Indigenous residents of Tseung Kwan O Village, which has a history dating back to the Qing dynasty, told the newspaper of their concerns about the new development. They said it would disturb graveyard locations and would require cutting down a few thousand trees, which would severely affect the village’s overall environment.
Hikers on the Little Hawaii Trail, meanwhile, gave mixed opinions over the new development plan. Some noted that the trail provided easy access for citizens to enjoy nature, while others said the new development was inevitable for easing the city’s housing shortage.
The Civil Engineering and Development Department said the project would be unlikely to affect the stream that runs through the site or cultural relics in the area. Consultants have suggested the trail could be re-routed 60 meters to the west to accommodate the development and accompanying new roads.