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2013.10.28   Camping on Hung Shing Yeh Beach

The Editor
South China Morning Post

Dear Editor,

I refer to the letter of 18 October 2013 from Wing Leung expressing concern over illegal camping activities at Hung Shing Yeh Beach (the Beach) on Lamma Island during the National Day holiday.

According to the Bathing Beaches Regulation, no person shall erect or maintain any tent or other structure on any gazetted bathing beach without the consent of the Director of Leisure and Cultural Services. As part of the daily operation in managing gazetted beaches, our staff will first issue verbal advice to users setting up tents within the beach boundary. Prosecution actions will be considered if the advice is not taken heed. 

The daily service hours of the Beach are from 9am to 6pm in October. During the past National Day holiday, no camping activities were found on the Beach during its service hours. Based on the information gathered, we suspect that the tents might have been erected when our staff were off duty, i.e., between 6pm and 9 am the next day.  We have thus put up additional notices at prominent locations of the Beach to inform users that camping is not permitted within the beach boundary. We are closely monitoring the situation and will consider conducting special inspections after the service hours should the situation warrants. 

Dilys Cheung
Chief Leisure Manager (New Territories West)
Leisure and Cultural Services Department

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