Construction Work Begins At Discovery Bay Despite Protests

May 17, 2016

NewsStandOnline.Net (17-May-2016): Construction work began at the Discovery Bay Recreation Club yesterday to turn part of it into a golf cart parking lot. The move came despite protests over whether the company behind the project had received proper approval from the government.

Progress so far showed that an excavator entered the lawn area and began work and a contractor at the scene said he did not know whether the project had received the appropriate permits, but he was following instructions from his superior.

He was asked by residents whether the construction would stop should police officers arrived on the scene, but he said: “Nothing will happen if they arrive.”

He added that he was told the project must be completed in three months since the company took over the land on May 10. Asked again about the permit, he said: “That’s a problem for the property owner.”

Construction Work Begins At Discovery Bay

The project, overseen by the Hong Kong Resort Company Limited (HKR), which owns the club, aimed to turn part of a lawn between the club’s swimming pool and tennis court into a parking lot for 90 golf carts, as part of a programme to redevelop Discovery Bay.

The project received opposition from club members, as Richard Beck, chairman of the club’s tennis advisory committee, started a petition opposing the plan.

“Quite simply, this will irreversibly change the DBRC tennis community dynamic and spirit,” Beck wrote. “No longer will you be able to sit and watch matches, have drinks beside the courts, let you kids run free on the grass, and easily host away teams in HKTA league matches.”

“This is not the DBRC tennis facility I want or will enjoy in the future,” he added. The petition received over 1,000 signatures during one week in March.

Islands District Councillor Amy Yung Wing-sheung notified the Planning Department about the plan in March. The department then sent a letter to HKR on March 23 saying the change of land use was unauthorised.

“Should any development of the subject lawn be found contravening the requirement of the OZP [outline zoning plan], appropriate action would be taken by relevant government authorities,” the letter read.