slam plan to demolish TST terminus
3 August 2009
South China Morning Post
Two activist groups staged a protest
yesterday over the government's plan to demolish the Tsim Sha Tsui Star
Ferry bus terminus and turn the space into a piazza, with bus stops
for more than 10 routes having to be relocated.
The groups, Our Bus Terminal and
the Public Transportation Concern Alliance, said the government was
threatening the public interest and not holding enough consultation
on the issue.
About 40 protesters gathered at the
Mody Road bus terminus, the new location for routes affected by the
plan, and walked to the Star Ferry bus terminus.
They then took a ferry and went to
the government headquarters in Central, where they handed in petitions
with 6,000 signatures showing public discontent over the plan.
Protest organisers said the plan
would affect people's lives and ignored the conservation value of the
Unesco-listed terminus. They also questioned the value of the proposed
piazza to tourists, saying there was no justification for demolishing
the current terminus.
Leslie Chan Ka-long, chairman of
Our Bus Terminal, said: The new terminusis 15 minutes away from the
Star Ferry Pier.
While Secretary for Transport and
Housing Eva Cheng said it was a good choice to walk to the pier, we
would like to invite her to walk these 700 metres with us and the other
affected passengers when the temperature is 33 degree Celsius.
By Tanna Chong