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荒廢十年的上環弓絃巷有蓋空地

2020/8/20 — 19:40

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【文:ABHK - Alliance For a Beautiful Hong Kong】

中西區樓宇林立,居民可用的公共休憩空間少,但原來區內有不少閒置土地,一直荒廢——「弓絃巷」是其中一個被浪費多年的土地資源。

在文武廟沿樓梯街往下走,左邊是嚤囉街,右邊則是一條小巷,名為「弓絃巷」。在幾個鐵皮排檔背後,是一個有蓋空地,空置已逾十年。2010年,中西區區議會有議員提出以小型工程撥款,把這空地改建為休憩公園,但提出十年,這裏至今仍是一個荒地。

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翻查區議會的會議紀錄,弓絃巷一直在議程之內,多年來議員也不止一次到場考察,不過改建方案仍然未有寸進。中西區區議會主席鄭麗琼,空地原本是一個雜貨攤,由巿政局管理,空置後荒廢多年,十年前議員希望能修葺空地,開放予公眾使用,但遇上很多難題:弓絃巷每逢暴雨都出現水浸,需先解決渠務問題;地基安全成疑;若進行工程,可能危及鄰近餘慶里的樹木;若開放予公眾使用,需加設無障礙通道,但由於空地位於樓梯街旁,加建斜道有難度。

鄭麗琼表示,議員們都希望工程可以在今屆區議會任期內成事,期望各政府部門可攜手解決工程問題。「修葺後,我們最希望這裏可以成為以物易物的跳蚤巿場,既環保,亦可以延續以往的地攤。」

我們會繼續關注社區內的閒置空間,爭取這些空間用得其所,還地於民。

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【Wasted Public Lands in the community】

Densely populated with tightly packed high-rises, the Central District has been lacking public open spaces to serve the needs of local residents. However, in fact, we found there are public lands in the district which have been left vacant for over 10 years - Circular Pathway is one of the examples.

Near Ladder Street and Queen's Road West, there is a vacant site next to the public toilet on Circular Pathway. In 2010, the Central and Western District Council suggested to redevelop this site to a rest garden or a flea market, but the discussion has not yet come up with a conclusion until today.

The current chairlady, Ms Cheng Lai King has been following the development of Circular Pathway along these years. "We wished to reopen the space to the public, maybe setting up a new flea market, but there have been many problems needed to be solved before further development." These include: drainage problems causing flooding in heavy rains; safety uncertainty of the existing foundation of the site; construction work may affect the tree nearby on Yue Hing Lane; barrier-free access has to be built but there are geographical limitations.

Cheng said councillors hope the work can be done within the current DC term, with the help of different government departments.

We will keep concerning wasted public lands in the community, seeking to utilize these resources to serve the needs of local residents.

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