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September
LCSD, Police vow to crack down on illegal hawkers at Stubbs Road Lookout

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The Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) and the Police will step up enforcement actions against illegal hawking and photo-taking activities at Stubbs Road Lookout in Wan Chai.

"The growing number of tourists has led to an increase in the number of illegal hawkers selling souvenirs or offering photo-taking services, thus posing a great problem at the Lookout which has a usable area of only some 200 square meters," an LCSD spokesman said.

"Illegal hawkers not only get in the way of tourists who wish to take their own photographs, they are also the cause of traffic congestion as tourist coaches have to park along Stubbs Road waiting to pick up tourists who patronise the illegal photo-taking services.

"In view of the serious nuisance to both local and overseas visitors and the concerns expressed by various quarters, the department has decided to step up enforcement actions with the assistance of the Police," he added.

In recent months, LCSD staff have repeatedly issued verbal warnings to illegal hawkers at the Stubbs Road Lookout.

The spokesman said LCSD had consulted the Tourism Commission, the Travel Industry Council of Hong Kong, the Transport Department and the Police on how best to prevent the problem from getting worse. The Wan Chai District Council has expressed its support for more stringent measures.

"To enable local and overseas visitors to enjoy the scenery in a comfortable environment and to improve traffic conditions in the vicinity, stepped up enforcement actions against illegal hawking are considered necessary," he said.

End/Monday, September 29, 2003

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