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FSK CURRY BASH!

Join us tomorrow evening (28th October 2016) !!

Shaffi's Catered Curry Evening. Meat and a Paneer Option
$150 per person
Mak Pin BBQ area - Junction of Sai Sha / Tai Mong Tsai Roads

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

19:00 onwards
BYOB (Bring Your Own Booze). 
Please also bring your own cup if you can to save the environment and use less (preferably no) plastic. 
More details later but if you can RSVP so we have an idea of numbers that would be great. 
RSVP by selecting ' attending' on here - or email friendsofsaikunghk@gmail.com 

Thanks!

FSK wants your photos for our 2017 Calendar

Draft Pak Sha O Outline Zoning Plan No. S/NE-PSO/1

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Sent: Friday, July 15, 2016 5:03:20 PM
Subject: Draft Pak Sha O Outline Zoning Plan No. S/NE-PSO/1

 

 

城市規劃委員會

 

TOWN PLANNING BOARD

 

香港北角渣華道三百三十三號

北角政府合署十五樓

 

15/F., North Point Government Offices

333 Java Road, North Point,

Hong Kong.

 

傳真

Fax:

2877 0245 / 2522 8426

By Email

電話

Tel:

2231 4810

 

來函檔號

Your Reference:

 

 

覆函請註明本會檔號

In reply please quote this ref.:

TPB/R/S/NE-PSO/1-R1033

15 July 2016

               

 

Dear Sir/Madam,

 

Draft Pak Sha O Outline Zoning Plan No. S/NE-PSO/1

(Representation No. R1033)

NOTICE OF NOMINATIONS for positions for FSK 2016-17

NOTICE OF NOMINATIONS for positions for FSK 2016-17

Chair - John Wright
Vice Chair - Guy Shirra
Secretary - Pat Malone)
Treasurer - Ann-sofie Chakrabarty
Operations - Tom Goetz
Communications - Karina O'Carroll
Membership - Geraldine Kennedy
Activities - Lauralynn Goetz
Co-opted members: Peter Mann, Tim Collard

Any objections or comments should be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. asap.

Thanks and see you all on Friday at 7pm at the Village Restaurant Sai Kung

FSK AGM 2016

Dear FSK Members,

Notice is hereby given the 2016 AGM of Friends of Sai Kung (FSK) will be held at the Village Restaurant, Sai Kung at 7pm on 15 April 2016. One free drink and small snacks will be provided.

Agenda is as follows: 

Confirmation of the minutes of last AGM held on 16/4/15

  • Chairman’s Report
  • Treasurer’s Report
  • Election of Office Bearers for 2016
  • AOB

All paid-up members are welcome (2016/17 annual membership fee of $100* may be paid at the door). Those members unable to attend, please send in your membership fee by cheque (Payable to 'Friends of Sai Kung') to...

Friends of Sai Kung (FSK), PO Box 45, Sai Kung Post Office, Hong Kong.

As some of our committee are stepping down, we appeal to members to step forward to help. The committee only meets six times a year and helps FSK to perform valuable environmental work.

If you are interested in helping, please send an email to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , no later than 8th  April 2016.

*$50 for senior citizens and those under 18 yrs.

 

Uk Tau A DPA NE TT 74, 75 & 76

Same again for Uk Tau - Application numbers - A/DPA/NE-TT/74, 75, 76, 77, 78 and 79. Download the attached letter, add your name to it and send to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. OR submit online under the 'make comments' part for ALL of these links -
 
http://www.info.gov.hk/tpb/en/plan_application/A_DPA_NE-TT_74.html
http://www.info.gov.hk/tpb/en/plan_application/A_DPA_NE-TT_75.html
http://www.info.gov.hk/tpb/en/plan_application/A_DPA_NE-TT_76.html
http://www.info.gov.hk/tpb/en/plan_application/A_DPA_NE-TT_77.html
http://www.info.gov.hk/tpb/en/plan_application/A_DPA_NE-TT_78.html
http://www.info.gov.hk/tpb/en/plan_application/A_DPA_NE-TT_79.html
 
We write to make the strongest objections to the above applications A/DPA/NE-TT/74, 75, 76, 77, 78 and 79 for the building of NTEHs under the Small House Policy at Uk Tau village in Sai Kung Country Park.

Ko Tong, Sai Kung (Application No. A/DPA/NE-TT/64&66)

Dear Sai Kungers,

Some more developments that we need your help with.
URGENT (Deadline TOMORROW) - KO TONG - Simply Download the File, add your name at the bottom and email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. OR submit online under the 'make comments' part of of BOTH of these links -http://www.info.gov.hk/…/plan_applicati…/A_DPA_NE-TT_64.html
http://www.info.gov.hk/…/plan_applicati…/A_DPA_NE-TT_66.html

Thanks!

Applicants of the two previously rejected applications to build small house in Ko Tong, Sai Kung (Application No. A/DPA/NE-TT/64&66) are seeking review of the Town Planning Board (“TPB”)’s decisions. The applications were refused by the TPB due to their cumulative landscape impact on the surrounding environment. Deadline for making new comments on these two review applications are 11 December 2015 (this Friday).

According to New Territories Small House Policy, a male indigenous villager may apply to the authority for permission to erect for himself during his lifetime a small house on a suitable site within his own village. The main concerns here is the suitability of the application sites.

The application sites are not suitable for building small houses

The sites are located within the Ko Tong secondary woodlands and have a high ecological and conservation value. Protected plants such as Pavetta hongkongensis and Aquilaria sinensis, and vulnerable/endangered species such as Brown Fish Owl, and Burmese Python have been recorded in the area. Proposed constructions will massively damage the surrounding environments and thus the wild habitat.

Example of “destroy first, build later”

The applications are classic notorious examples of “destroy first, build later”. The application sites are currently cleared with vegetation and there is no protected plants on the sites. However, there are evidences showing that trees and vegetation on the application sites were removed deliberately without authorisation by the TPB recently, in the hope that the TPB would give sympathetic consideration to the applications as there would be nothing to protect and conserve. TPB’s decision to reject the applications should be upheld to discourage similar kind of illegal actions in the New Territories.

Lack of suitable access to the sites

There is no suitable pathway to the application sites. The sites can be accessed via an unauthorised track and an unofficial footpath. In further information submitted by the applicants, they promised not to use the unauthorised track during the construction, and will only use the footpath. However, the existing footpath is very narrow to accommodate construction vehicles. Even if smaller construction vehicles make their way to application sites via the footpath, it will also cause imminent danger to the existing footpath users. In addition, the existing footpath is not wide enough to provide Emergency Vehicle Access to the application sites.

Ploy to enlarge the Village Type Development (“V”) zone

The application sites are designated as ‘Unspecified Use’. According to the Tai Tan, Uk Tau, Ko Tong and Ko Tong Ha Yeung Development Permission Areas Plan (“DPA Plan”), land designated as “Unspecified Use” is subject to further detailed analysis and studies to establish the appropriate land uses in the course of the preparation of an Outline Zoning Plan (“OZP”). The OZP is expected to be published by November 2016. Approval of planning application would pre-determine the land use zonings of the OZP. No application should be approved before the publication of OZP unless they are proven to be environmental friendly.
Since the applicants did not provide any new evidence or expert report to support their applications, TPB’s decision to reject applications should be upheld.

Government’s obligation under the Convention on Biological Diversity

Furthermore, the Convention on Biological Diversity (“Convention”) has been extended to Hong Kong in May 2011. The Government and the TPB has an obligation under the Convention to conserve biological diversity for the benefit of present and future generations, in particular to “promote environmentally sound and sustainable development in areas adjacent to protected areas with a view to furthering protection of these areas”. The application sites are surrounded by the Sai Kung East and West Country Parks and therefore is an area adjacent to protected areas. Besides, the applicants did not submit any new evidence or expert report to support that the proposed development would not damage the surrounding environment. TPB’s decision to reject applications should be upheld.

To object to the applications, you can email ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) or fax (2877-0245 or 2522-8426) your comments to the TBP. To save time, I have drafted a response to the TPB. You can simply make slight amendments to the draft and summit it to the TPB. Of course, you can always voice out your opinion in your own words!

You may also object to the applications online via the following links. You simply need to click the “Make New Comment” link and follow the instruction.

http://www.info.gov.hk/…/plan_applicati…/A_DPA_NE-TT_64.html
http://www.info.gov.hk/…/plan_applicati…/A_DPA_NE-TT_66.html

If you know anyone who has time to disseminate this or would also be interested in objecting, that would be great.

Save Our Country Parks - Help Required

Save Our Country Parks is arranging for a head count of folks going into our Country Parks on Sunday 13 December between 8 – 12 midday. 
FSK members are invited to pencil the event into their diaries and a) volunteer to join the roster which will man the table at the Pak Tam Chung barrier, and b) remind members to make a point of visiting a Country Park on that day and displaying photos/selfies on their Facebooks. We are hoping that there will be postings by people throughout December on personal and Group Facebook pages.

SOCP will arrange for delivery of a pack – a SOCP flag, sign-up sheets for a head count, and a SOCP foam board and picture frame that visitors can use as a prop for their selfies.

In Sai Kung, we need volunteers to help at the Pak Tam Cheung Barrier table with the headcount. If you can help - please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Thanks FSK Committee.

 

FSK 2016 Calendar Pre Sales

Ladies and Gentlemen! It is that time of year again and after some fantastic entries, FSK has again produced a beautiful 2016 calendar from our community member's photographs. Well done to all the wonderful contributors!

Pre sales of the calendar start NOW. If you would like to order in advance and reserve your copies, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the number you wish to purchase ($120 each). Payment by cash on collection/delivery (SK only) or bank transfer to FSK's accounts (with receipt proof). They are being delivered to us on the 5th of Nov and we can either arrange local SK delivery or they can be collected at the Nov HKA Sai Kung Market (8th Nov) and the Steamers Sampler (5th Nov).We will also organise a few more sale / collection points.

They make wonderful Christmas gifts for loved ones overseas too - show them your town! They also have large squares for writing all the kid's events in and important family bookings, the lunar cycle and also the HK public holidays for 2016. A steal at $120! Reserve yours now.

Calling all photographers for the Friends of Sai Kung (FSK) 2016 Calendar

 

Calling all photographers for the Friends of Sai Kung (FSK)

2016 Calendar

 

Friends of Sai Kung is a not-for-profit community organisation that seeks to preserve and improve the quality of life of Sai Kung people and to protect the unique environment of Sai Kung for the benefit of Hong Kong and its visitors. Please support our work by contributing photographs for FSK 2016 Calendar.

Send us your photos NOW (maximum of 15), with full name, location and caption. We'll choose the best (12 large / 12 small) for the 2016 calendar.

 

Submission Deadline: August 31st

 

Send photos to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. OR contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for collection of large photos on disc / via other means.

 

Photo size / resolution - the bigger the better!

2-3 MB for small photos

4-6MB for large photos

 

Photo contributors MUST be members of FSK. If you have not yet renewed your 2015/2016 membership, or are not a member and would like to join us – to participate in activities or just to be kept informed – check our website (www.friendsofsaikung.org)  for the membership form.

Annual Membership fee:

HK$100

HK$50 for juniors (under 18) and seniors (65 and over)

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