The government plans to demolish the 4 industrial buildings of Kowloon Bay Yip On, Fo Tan Sui Fai, Cheung Sha Wan Wang Cheong and Kwai Chung Kwai On under the Housing Authority's management to rebuild public housing. The Secretary for Transport and Housing, Chen Fan, was in the Legislative Council yesterday (21st) In response to the question, it was stated that special compensation allowances had been provided to individual tenants in difficulties, and pointed out that as of the end of last year, the vacancy rate of private industrial buildings was about 6%. I believe there are suitable units in the market for tenants to choose to relocate.
A factory owner stated on the RTHK program "Millennium" today (22nd) that the resettlement and compensation plan is "ridiculous", referring to the insufficient notice period and compensation amount, and in fact, there is a need to find suitable industrial units in the private market. To a certain extent, I think the government wants them to relocate as if they want them to close their businesses. Former Kwun Tong District Council Vice Chairman Mo Jiancheng expressed that he has reservations about whether the fourth factory is worthy of being converted into housing and urged the authorities to listen to the voices of the business owners.
Chen Fan, Secretary for Transport and Housing.
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Factory Owner: "Early Bird Project" has been reduced by half and the notice period is not satisfied. Zero consultation by the authorities
Ms. Huang, the affected factory owner engaged in jewelry setting and repair work in the Suihui Industrial Building, said that according to a questionnaire survey conducted by the "Four Factory Alliance", 99% of the factory owners did not want to relocate, and more than 90% were dissatisfied with the resettlement plan.
She believes that the notice period given by the government is too short, nominally 18 months, but it has also proposed the "early bird plan". If you want more compensation, you will need to move out before the end of February next year.
She mentioned that the government’s resettlement arrangements were unreasonable. More than 2,400 tenants were affected this time. However, there are only about 60 rentable units in the remaining two industrial buildings of the Housing Authority, and some of them will even be rented by the government. Therefore, there are only a few remaining, and the supply of factory units in the private market is also scarce, and rents have risen. Frankly saying that the government wants factory owners to relocate, which is equivalent to asking them to close their businesses.
Ms. Huang also pointed out that many factory buildings in the same district have become civilized. When they see that they need large machines, fire, and make noise, they are often unwilling to rent out. During the relocation of factories, large machines may be involved. It involves high relocation costs. For example, it would cost more than 300,000 yuan to move a 5-ton printing machine.
She was dissatisfied that the authorities had not conducted any consultation, describing the resettlement and compensation plan as absurd.
Mo Jiancheng: Housing Department is reluctant to send high-level meetings with factory owners
Mo Jiancheng, who assisted the factory owners in the Kowloon Bay Yean District, reported that most of the factory owners hope to continue to operate at the original site, pointing out that many buildings in the district have been transformed into commercial buildings, and the "Fire Protection Ordinance" and other restrictions have increased the number of factory owners to relocate. Difficulty.
He said that the tenants of the fourth factory and district councillors have been working hard to meet with representatives of the Housing Department, but the Housing Department is unwilling to send high-level representatives to have a positive dialogue with the tenants. The staff in charge only said that they would "reflect their opinions," and the situation seemed to have no room for discussion.
Mo Jiancheng expressed reservations about whether the fourth factory is worthy of being converted into housing. He hopes that the Housing Authority will listen to the opinions of the tenants and at least help them solve their difficulties.
Over 90% of tenants who demolished industrial buildings and converted public housing estates opposed the "Four Factory Alliance" plan to promote shelving Zhou Haoding advocated to find land on the border to promote re-industrialization, saying that there is no contradiction with the policy of repossession of industrial buildings in the four districts