Following complains of excessive aircraft noise during early morning hours, we wrote to the Civil Aviation Department (CAD). We received a detailed response (link). I suspect that older aircraft laid on to cope with the increase in air freight had an impact for Pok Fu Lam. While air traffic increased in the course of last year, now less so as Covid risks increased during the winter season. Noise is the uncomfortable sign of normality returning.
Pik Shan Path (the section near Queen Mary Hospital) is blocked by trees fallen over during the typhoon last month. Lands Department has urged their contractor to clear it as soon as possible. There is a apparently a backlog of works. Joggers are urged to take care when climbing over the trees.
Typhoon Lionrock toppled a large tree at Kong Sin Wan Valley and laid a large slope area bare. Initial inspection suggests that whilst there may not be immediate danger for adjacent property, we have asked the Geotechnical Engineering Office to investigate the slope for landslip risks. Concerned over trees, slopes or structures which may put life or property at risk – don’t hesitate to let us know the location and send picture(s): email@example.com
Typhoon Kompasu toppled a tree blocking Victoria Road for a short period of time. The tree was quickly removed by the Fire Services Department.
The Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (FEHD) continues with our “clean slope initiative” clearing rubbish accumulated along slopes in Pokfulam. Current focus is on slopes near Consort Rise, along Victoria Road and below Mount Davis Road. UNFORTUNATELY, new garbage has been found on slopes we recently cleared. We urge residents to query their building management, cleaners and contractors on waste and rubbish disposal. Do compel all to keep slopes adjacent to your properties clean. The majority of the waste collected is either domestic rubbish or small construction waste. We thank the FEHD foreman, inspectors and contractors for navigating the steep slopes. We also thank adjacent private properties for providing access.
On 29 April 2020, we received some 20 complaints from Pokfulam residents over a container vessel 'YM Orchid' emitting dark smoke continuously at East Lamma Channel near Cyberport and Sandy Bay. Marine Department confirmed that the owner’s agent and the master of the vessel have both been prosecuted. Both defendants pleaded guilty and were fined at the hearing. We thank the residents who made reports, took a 3 minutes video, and provided a witness statement.
The Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (FEHD) has cleared rubbish accumulated along the slopes at Consort Rise, Waterfall Bay and Mount Davis Road. The operation at Consort Rise was challenging given the hot weather, steep slopes and lack of access. Hundreds of garbage bags had to be lifted using ropes. We have written an appreciation letter to thank FEHD team including the contracted workers, foreman and inspectors involved. We also like to thank the private properties along Consort Rise for allowing the use of their parking areas.
The Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (FEHD) is clearing rubbish accumulated along the slopes of Pokfulam. The focus this week is on the slopes below the properties at Consort Rise. The waste accumulated over the years was huge. Over 700 bags full of all sorts are being removed. We thank the team for their efficiency in safely navigating the steep slopes, and the district council for funding slope cleaning projects. Meanwhile, please remind your contractors to clean up after renovation projects. Next, FEHD will deploy their teams to clean up the slopes near Waterfall Bay and along the trail connecting Mount Davis Road and Victoria Road.
To deter the feeding of wild boars, FEHD has installed two IP cameras at Bisney Road. These cameras are here on a temporary basis, after which they will be redeployed at other black spots.
We are sad to report the death of a ‘local’ dog, Mochi. Following a walk in and around the waterfront park the dog had seizures and started to vomit. Mochi passed away later in the evening, 24 January 2021. As the signs are consistent with poisoning, an investigation by the Police is in progress with autopsy and laboratory tests. The same team also investigated suspected poisoning in July 2020. The management of Cyberport confirmed they did not apply any pesticides and disinfectants nor did they lay rat poison in the area around Cyberport 4. We inspected the site with the Police. SPCA has put up notices reminding dog walkers.
For all dog handlers, please be aware of the risk of suspicious food items especially when you walk your dogs unleashed. If you do spot suspicious items, please take a picture, remove the item to avoid animals getting hurt, and advise our office (firstname.lastname@example.org). If your dog shows does signs of poisoning (link), please visit the vet immediately and inform the Police via 999.
And to those who leave food for strays, you do more harm than good. Don’t leave food around for animals.
With vegetation dried up, waste left on slopes has become visible. Slope cleaning teams from the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department are working hard to clean up. If you see areas in desperate need of attention, let us know with pictures/location details via email@example.com.