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‘Arts hub stuck with cash-strapped contractor’ Listen
An engineering expert says the operators of the West Kowloon arts hub has little choice but to stick with its cash-strapped contractor, Hsin Chong Construction, which is building its HK$4.9 billion M-Plus visual culture museum. Greg Wong, a former president of the Hong Kong Institute of Engineers, says replacing the contractor now will increase costs and delay the project. The West Kowloon Cultural District Authority has admitted having to paying subcontractors directly to make sure the project keeps progressing smoothly, and that frontline workers are getting their pay cheques. It says it's deducting the payments from its bill from Hsin Chong, but didn't give any details. Lawmakers are calling for a special meeting to discuss the matter. Annemarie Evans asked Greg Wong if it's too difficult to replace the main contractor now:
Greens, grassroots allied against country park housing Listen
More than two dozen green groups and grassroots organisations have issued a joint statement opposing housing development at the edges of protected country parks. Officials have said the shortage of land means building on the fringes of parks should be an option. But the groups say the parks should remain untouched, and the government should consider other options like using brownfield or private recreational sites for housing. Signatories also accused the government of trying to set the environmentalists against the grassroots over the divisive issue. Jim Gould asked Greenpeace campaigner Andy Chu why the grassroots are opposed to building in country parks, given that they're in most need of affordable housing: