The first phase of the redevelopment of Wah Fu Estate is the construction of five additional public housing sites near Wah Fu to decant the existing residents. Site formation works began in 2021 along Victoria Road and Pok Fu Lam Road. It is expected that the majority of Wah Fu Estate residents will have moved over by 2031. Next, the existing Wah Fu Estate will be redeveloped. A net increase of 35,000 residents is expected in the area by 2041-44. The new MTR line from Wong Chuk Hang, via Aberdeen, Tin Wan, Wah Fu, Cyberport and Queen Mary Hospital to HKU is expected to open at the same time.
LCSD will relocate Pok Fu Lam library to Kai Lung Wan North
The Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) has decided to relocate the Pok Fu Lam Library (currently in Wah Chun House) to Kai Lung Wan North ahead of the demolition of Wah Fu. See district council paper here.
In LCSD's point of view, Ka Lung Wan North will be the new permanent location for the library. We disagree. While we do not object moving the library temporarily up the mountain and across Pok Fu Lam Road, once the Wah Fu MTR station is built the library must move back to the heart of Wah Fu at or near the new station. Doing so will benefit the greatest number of people.
Kai Lung Wan North is the wrong location for a public library
LCSD's decision to move the Pok Fu Lam library permanently Kai Lung Wan is wrong. First, it does not take into account the population distribution beyond 2040. By 2040, Kai Lung Wan, where the new library will be situated, only houses 5,610 residential units. In contrast, the redeveloped Wah Fu estate, the new decanting sites and the Wah Kwai area will house a total of 20,968 units. Second, Kai Lung Wan North is hard to reach for most residents in the vicinity. It lies up the mountain above Pok Fu Lam Road.
Locate the Pok Fu Lam library at the future centre of Wah Fu
Moving the library to Kai Lun Wan North should only be temporary while redevelopment of Wah Fu proceeds. Government should set out clearly now, that the future permanent location of the Pok Fu Lam Library will be at the heart of Wah Fu near or on top of the MTR station. In that location, the library can offer convenient services to the majority of the residents of Pokfulam, Wah Fu and Wah Kwai.
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