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Ground-breaking ceremony held for Sham Shui Po District Council Yan Oi Tong Mei Foo Neighbourhood Activity Centre (with photos)
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     The Sham Shui Po District Council (SSPDC), Yan Oi Tong (YOT) and the Sham Shui Po District Office (SSPDO) held a ground-breaking ceremony for the Sham Shui Po District Council Yan Oi Tong Mei Foo Neighbourhood Activity Centre today (April 29) in the area adjacent to the project site under Kwai Chung Road Flyover (Mei Foo Sun Chuen section).  It marks the start of the construction stage of the Sham Shui Po Signature Project and an important milestone in the development of the project.

     In the 2013 Policy Address, the Chief Executive announced that funding would be earmarked for each of the 18 District Councils to take forward their Signature Project Schemes.  After an extensive district consultation and in-depth deliberations, the SSPDC endorsed two Signature Projects, one of which is the establishment of the Neighbourhood Activity Centre in Mei Foo to provide a variety of activities and services to residents in Sham Shui Po.  An open and fair selection process was later held in 2014 through which the SSPDC selected YOT as its partner organisation to operate and manage the centre upon its completion on a self-financing basis.

     At the ground-breaking ceremony, the Chairman of the SSPDC, Mr Ambrose Cheung, shared with participants the major milestones of the project since 2013.  He said he was pleased to witness the fruitful outcome of the collaboration among the SSPDC, YOT and the SSPDO and looked forward to the commissioning of the Centre, which would provide activities and services suitable to residents in the district.

     Speaking at the ceremony, the Chairperson of the Board of Directors of YOT, Dr Tang Kam-hung, thanked the SSPDC and SSPDO for their support and trust.  Dr Tang said YOT would uphold its motto of "Love and Care" and provide arts, cultural and recreational activities to bring together residents in Sham Shui Po and enrich their lives in the community.

     Other officiating guests at the ground-breaking ceremony were the Deputy Director of Home Affairs, Mr Jack Chan; the District Officer (Sham Shui Po), Mr Benjamin Mok; the Vice Chairman of the SSPDC, Mr Chan Wai-ming; the Chief Engineer (Works) of the Home Affairs Department, Mr Martin Kwan; the Vice-Chairperson of the Board of Directors of YOT, Dr Cho Kwai-chee; the Directors of YOT, Mr Daniel Tsoi and Dr Charles Chan.

     The proposed Neighbourhood Activity Centre, with a construction floor area of about 360 square metres and an outdoor open space of about 610 square metres, will be located under Kwai Chung Road Flyover (Mei Foo Sun Chuen section).  With funding approved by the Legislative Council's Finance Committee in July 2015, construction has begun for target completion in late 2017.  The SSPDC will continue to monitor the progress of the project.

     Meanwhile, the SSPDC will press ahead with the implementation of the other Signature Project of the district íV the Shek Kip Mei Community Services Centre, to be operated by another partner organisation, Po Leung Kuk.  The Centre is being constructed by the Hong Kong Housing Authority as part of Shek Kip Mei Estate Phase 3.

Ends/Friday, April 29, 2016
Issued at HKT 18:13

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