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Protesters demand takeover of Fanling golf courses

2018-02-06 HKT 16:03
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  • Protesters hand over their demands to task force chief Stanley Wong. Photo: RTHK
    Protesters hand over their demands to task force chief Stanley Wong. Photo: RTHK
Andrew Wan talks to RTHK's Priscilla Ng
Dozens of protesters rallied outside the government's headquarters on Tuesday ahead of a meeting by the Task Force on Land Supply, calling on task force members to advise the government to take back the Fanling golf courses and develop much-needed housing there.

The Democratic Party and the Concerning Grassroots' Housing Rights Alliance accused the administration of exaggerating the usage of the golf courses by saying that 120,000 rounds were played there last year.

They also slammed authorities for playing down the number of flats that could be developed on the 172-hectare site.

Sources say according to a government assessment, only 13,000 flats can be built on the plot, which is nine times as large as Victoria Park.

Democratic Party lawmaker Andrew Wan told RTHK's Priscilla Ng that's a drastic under-estimation.

"According to the estimation by Hung Shui Kiu New Development Area, their 220 hectares can locate about 220,000 people. By this ratio, in this golf course 170,000 people and at least 50,000 flats can be built."

Wan also said the claims that 300 rounds of golf are played on the courses everyday is simply absurd.