PLA sites ‘must be an option’ in land search

Labour Party chairman says ratio of four army personnel to a hectare of land unacceptable

The barracks of the People’s Liberation Army garrison in the city must be considered as an option for land needs in space-starved Hong Kong, the Labour Partysaid yesterday, adding that the premises were underused.

The party cited official figures showing about four PLA members shared one hectare of military land, compared with the overall population density of 67 people per hectare.

“This is unacceptable,” Labour Party chairman Steven Kwok Wing-kin said during a rally in Kowloon Tong outside one of the PLA’s 19 barracks. “It’s such a waste of resources.”

The call by the party came ahead of a public consultation – expected to kick off on Thursday – in which Hongkongers would be invited to choose from a list of 18 options to source more land.

Authorities have predicted a shortage of at least 1,200 hectares of land to meet housing needs and economic development in the next three decades. The consultation will be conducted by the Task Force on Land Supply.

The task force originally planned to include the suggestion of using the city’s 2,700 hectares of military land, but that was eventually dropped from the list of options drawn up for public consultation. The government had made clear that all military sites were for defence purposes.

Kwok challenged this, citing a 2011 study by the Legislative Council Secretariat. He said there were about 10,000 PLA personnel in the city, meaning four members shared one hectare.

He said citizens living near the barracks, especially those in areas such as Kowloon Tong and Tsim Sha Tsui, had often told the party they saw minimum activity and few people in the barracks.

Kwok said authorities refused to disclose more details about the usage of barracks, making it hard for the public to judge whether its claim that no military site was being left idle was true. He said the party would continue to push for more details, and would also start a petition soon for the cause.

Some of the 18 options in the consultation include reclamation, developing country parks, making more efficient use of degraded farmland, tapping private developers’ land banks in the New Territories and building residential blocks above the Kwai Tsing Container Terminal.

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南華早報 | 2018-04-22 報章 | EDT4 | EDT | By Shirley [email protected] PLA sites ‘must be an option’ in land search

政黨請願 促軍事用地列土供選項

【本報訊】土地供應專責小組本周四(26日)將提出十八個土地供應選項作公眾諮詢。有政黨昨到九龍東軍營請願,要求政府重新將軍事用地列入土地供應選項,妥善利用土地資源。

有政黨昨到九龍東軍營請願。(林希孺攝)

工黨一行約十人昨手持公屋模型道具及「政府假諮詢,土地真浪費」等標語到場,警方嚴陣以待,在場有逾十名警員及泊有三輛警車,又以軍營門口有車出入為由,不讓請願人士接近門口。

工黨主席郭永健指出,現時全港有十九幅由中國人民解放軍駐香港部隊管理及使用的軍事用地,而土地供應專責小組主席黃遠輝曾引述政府指軍事用地均無閒置情況,故小組認為毋須作選項討論,亦不會納入公眾諮詢。

郭指出,軍事用地佔地約二千七百公頃,而駐港人員約一萬人。他推算即平均一公頃土地就僅供四位駐港軍人使用,但劏房住戶人均居住面積連七十呎都未必有。而據他觀察,軍營內人流甚少,他形容目前情況為「軍營曬太陽、基層住劏房」,因此要求政府重新檢視軍事用地。

多位處市區 可減發展成本

郭續指,將軍事用地轉為住宅發展早有先例,例如采頤花園前身便是彩虹軍營,加上不少軍事用地位於市區,如中環軍營,槍會山軍營及九龍東軍營等,已有完善交通及社區配套。他指若能於該等用地發展公營房屋,料可減輕發展成本。

資料來源:
東方日報 | 2018-04-22 報章 | A02 | 港聞 政黨請願 促軍事用地列土供選項

工黨軍營外示威促收地建屋

【本報訊】由土地供應專責小組舉行為期5個月的公眾諮詢,將會於本周四(26日)展開,這場「土地大辯論」將會提供18個土地選項,但早前曾納入小組討論的「軍事用地」最終被剔走。工黨成員昨日去到解放軍駐港部隊位於九龍塘的九龍東軍營外示威,要求政府檢討現行軍事用地的使用情況。

黃遠輝:房屋短缺或持續10年

軍事用地曾被小組在會議中視為土地選項之一,最終政府指軍營並非置閒用地而剔除。工黨主席郭永健指出,現時香港有19幅軍事用地,共佔地2,700多公頃,「家有好多軍營都喺市區,駐軍人員只有1萬個左右,但無數嘅基層市民正係面對緊逼切嘅房屋問題」。

郭又指,軍營被改建為房屋用途有先例,「家新蒲崗嘅采頤花園,當年都係彩虹軍營」,他希望政府可收回軍營發展,以紓緩現今的房屋問題。

土地供應專責小組主席黃遠輝昨接受香港電台訪問時指出,公眾諮詢將會以設展覽區、公眾諮詢會、隨機抽樣電話訪問、會見政黨和專業團體等形式進行,他指房屋問題未能夠即時解決,「家嘅短缺一路要去到2028、2029先見到紓緩,呢個係我哋唔願見到嘅現實」,並指最後的建議報告會建基於公眾意見而撰寫,「小組冇前設,亦都相信政府唔會唔跟公眾意見」。郭永健就透露,於土地大辯論期間,工黨會繼續向政府表達訴求,「會去埋立法會層面,用一切嘅方法」。

資料來源:蘋果日報 | 2018-04-22 報章 | A04 | 要聞 工黨軍營外示威促收地建屋

收回閒置軍營 興建公營房屋

九龍塘軍營

文:工黨主席郭永健

自前任特首梁振英上任以來,政府一直指香港面對土地短缺的問題。林鄭月娥上任以後,更指出社會需要就土地問題來大辯論。最近,政府的土地供應專責小組便估算香港長遠短缺約1,200公頃土地,並提出12項建議,但卻不包括「發展軍事用地」的選項,做法令人質疑。

在土地供應專責小組的第一次會議上,文件中列有「發展軍事用地」的選項,更概要地指出「由於部分軍事用地面積相當大、處於黃金地段並就近主要基建,有提議認為政府應尋求中央人民政府的批准,釋放一些軍事用地作房屋及其他發展。」可是,其後的會議上卻未有作出跟進,而小組主席黃遠輝便表示政府認為現時19幅軍事用地都沒有閒置,有其用途,無法釋出用地,故小組同意不再探討有關建議,亦不會將其列入公眾諮詢。 Continue reading “收回閒置軍營 興建公營房屋” »