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Pui O Wetlands JR will challenge the Government on four points of law

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A date has now been fixed for the High Court hearing of the Judicial Review (JR) that challenges and seeks to put an end to the constant plundering of South Lantau’s unique wetlands and natural environment.

Please join us in the public gallery at the High Court to show your support:
Date: 27 September 2016
Place: High Court, Queensway, Admiralty. (Court Number issued on the day)
Time: 10:00am 

The JR will challenge the Government on four points of law.

  • First that the wetlands are zoned as a ‘Coastal Protection Area’ and that the appendix to the zoning clearly states landfilling is not allowed.
  • Second, that the Waste Disposal Ordinance gives the Director of Environmental Protection the necessary discretion to prevent landfilling on the grounds that it would damage an area of high ecological and biodiversity value.
  • Third, that on one particular lot the Director of Environmental Protection has allowed and condoned landfilling on top of an area which has previously been fly-tipped upon, in breach of the Waste Disposal Ordinance.
  • Fourth, that the Director of Environmental Protection has allowed landfilling that could only have been achieved by construction of illegal vehicle access ramps, themselves violations of the Waste Disposal Ordinance.

The potential consequences of the applicant winning the Judicial Review would be that the Government would likely not allow landfilling in this area in future. The consequences of losing are that over 40 additional lots of land would be filled within the next 12 months and that the wetlands and all contained within them would likely disappear within 10 years.

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