In response to the many complaints over estate agents posting unauthorised bills along our streets, the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (FEHD) and the Estate Agents Authority have jointly visited estate agents in Cyberport and Lower Baguio, reminding them of the law. FEHD is undertaking a clean-up action. Residents can assist by removing these bills and notices when they appear. Before you do so, take a picture and send this to email@example.com . This recurring problem is not helped by the light penalty and the need to catch culprits red handed.
Close up video shot by a resident on 24 and 25 July 2020
We received numerous complaints over dust clouds associated with the bulk carrier JOSCO SUZHOU in East Lamma Channel. Cement was transferred to local barges without mitigation measures. Marine Department said they are not the enforcement agent for this form of pollution. The Environmental Protection Department explained verbally that they lack vessels and that it takes time to arrange joint operations with the Marine Department. Moreover, EPD suggested that there are technical difficulties with enforcement as this form of pollution falls within a grey area. In the past they have issued advisory letters to a previous operator. It is suggested that the transfer usually lasts a week at a time. According to marinetraffic.com, the vessel departed this morning heading to Vietnam.
None of the above gives a lot of confidence. We have therefore written to the Director of Marine and the Director of Environmental Protection asking for clarification regarding enforcement responsibilities, what relevant ordinances are possibly being breached and how these operations are monitored and the law enforced.
我們收到多名居民投訴散裝貨船 JOSCO SUZHOU於東博寮海峽掀起大量塵埃，污染空氣及水域。從居民拍攝到的影片（連結）清晰可見船隻正在上落水泥，卻未有採取任何減低影響的措施。海事處表示他們沒有針對這種污染的執法權。環保署透露他們因沒有船隊，需要時間安排與海事處作聯合行動，而相關污染行為於執法角度亦存在灰色地帶。過往環保署曾向於海上上落水泥的船隻及營運商發出勸誡信。我們得悉這類上落水泥的工序通常歷時一星期左右。根據marinetraffic.com的資料，該散裝貨船今天早上由香港水域出發前往越南。
Local real estate agents have gone mad plastering Pokfulam with notices. Legislation requires FEHD enforcement agents to catch the culprit red handed – which is difficult with limited resources – and the penalty imposed is negligible. We have written to real estate agents, and 3 times this year to the Estate Agents Authority. They refuse to allocate resources to enforcement and cleansing. Local residents are fed up. In the absence of government action, they have started to remove the bills and notices themselves as soon as they appear. They also send us photographs of agents who are plastering bills and notices. You can do so too. We will continue to lodge reports to FEHD and the EAA. Until they stop.
Many residents reported brown streaks in the waters of East Lamma Channel. The Agriculture, Fisheries & Conservation Department confirmed today that water sample analysis shows red tide is formed by non-toxic algal species Chaetoceros pseudocurvisetus, Guinardia delicatula and Pseudo-nitzschia pungens. The red tide is extensively observed from Lei Yue Mun to Lantau Island, and AFCD expects it may persist for some time during the summer. Flotsam including Styrofoam boxes are seen mixed with the sticky red tide. The Marine Department will respond to requests for clean ups of the flotsam. So do send us your pictures with clear indication of date and time.
Following a successful pilot scheme, the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department has placed multiple mosquito trapping devices in Pokfulam. These devices kill adult mosquitoes and prevent larvae from developing. You may click here for a video introduction and here for the patent developer's website.
We received some 20 complaints from Pokfulam residents over the black smoke emitted by a container vessel at East Lamma Channel on 29 April 2020. Official complaints were lodged with the Marine Department which is now investigating. The vessel was in transit and has been put on the watch list for when it next calls port in Hong Kong. We thank all residents for their alerts. A three minute continuous video was received and is part of the evidence to be studied by the enforcement officers of Marine Department.
With the summer and humidity the mosquitoes and biting midges are back. We are working with government departments on strengthening mosquito control operations at bus stops, as well as the drainage channels along footways and slopes. Do take your own prevention measures and apply mosquito repellent when you go outdoors.
We thank a local student for studying and proposing improvements for the Sandy Bay promenade. As a first outcome, HKU has now placed new benches on the promenade in front of the sports grounds. We thank both Dylan and HKU for their support.
First of all let me thank the community groups who helped clear some slopes. We are also working with different government departments on cleaning of their slopes section by section. We encourage private buildings to clear the slopes under their maintenance responsibility. Importantly, we need everyone to help keep slopes clean.
I thank all dog walkers who pick up dog poo. But please remind all dog walkers to STOP THROWING DOG POO BAGS DOWN THE SLOPES. Take the bags to nearby bins. In case you or they don’t know where the bins are or they are broken or missing, let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Keep Pokfulam Clean.