We just realised that we forgot to let you know about some potentially good news for the Wetland in Pui O (and also potentially other wetlands in HK).
The Judicial Review application, challenging the Government’s decision to allow dumping of construction waste on the pristine wetlands of Pui O has been accepted.
LIM is delighted that stage one of a Judicial Review, challenging the Government’s decision to allow dumping of construction waste on the pristine wetlands of Pui O, was won at the High Court on January 20. The Department of Justice, representing the Government, fought hard to have the application for Judicial Review dismissed on four grounds. Presiding judge, Justice Au, ruled that the Government’s argument, that the Director for Environmental Protection, does not have any discretion when giving ‘acknowledgements’ for dumping to occur, had not been successfully made. He further dismissed the Government’s contention that the Judicial Review had been applied for outside of the prescribed time limits and that a judicial review was not necessary because the ‘acknowledgements’ for dumping had either run out or were just about to.
This means the application for Judicial Review was successful and a full hearing at the High Court will now be held on September 27th at 10am to resolve the issue. You can join the hearing so make the date in your calendar. We’ll keep you updated on further developments and how to register to attend the hearing.
Here is one of the newspaper reports on the application – http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/health-environment/article/1903493/hong-kong-green-activist-given-court-go-ahead