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CS visits Central and Western District (with photos)

     The Chief Secretary for Administration, Mrs Carrie Lam, visited Central and Western District this afternoon (June 12). She visited the western extension of the MTR Island Line and the Central Police Station Compound. She also met with members of the Central and Western District Council.

     Accompanied by the Chairman of the Central and Western District Council, Mr Yip Wing-shing, and the District Officer (Central and Western), Miss Cheryl Chow, Mrs Lam first took a ride from Sai Ying Pun Station to Kennedy Town Station of the western extension of the MTR Island Line. She also viewed the facilities and artworks at the stations. HKU Station and Kennedy Town Station on the Island Line extension to Western District officially opened last December, and Sai Ying Pun Station commenced service in late March this year. The new community railway brings greater travel convenience to Western District residents and has enhanced the development and economy of the area.

     Mrs Lam then met with the members of the Central and Western District Council to listen to their views on district development and Hong Kong affairs, including issues on traffic and transport, housing, community planning and building management, tree management, environmental hygiene, elderly services and poverty alleviation, liquor licensing, heritage conservation and youth development.

     Before concluding the visit, Mrs Lam went to the Central Police Station Compound to have a better understanding of the Central Police Station Revitalisation Project and its development. This project, being jointly taken forward by the Government and the Hong Kong Jockey Club, is by far the largest heritage conservation project in Hong Kong. It aims to conserve and revitalise the heritage site, comprising the former Central Police Station, Central Magistracy and Victoria Prison buildings, and to provide a cultural space by integrating heritage, contemporary arts and leisure facilities for the public to enjoy. Mrs Lam expressed her gratitude for the contributions of the Hong Kong Jockey Club and the efforts of its professional team. She said she is looking forward to the early completion of the project and hopes it can open to the public as soon as possible to create another new focal point for heritage conservation.

Ends/Friday, June 12, 2015
Issued at HKT 17:56


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