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Keep LCSD venues clean over festive season

The Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) today (December 20) appealed to people to keep LCSD venues clean and tidy while celebrating Christmas and the New Year.

During the festivities, the LCSD will implement a series of measures together with other government departments to maintain cleanliness and safety in LCSD venues including the Hong Kong Cultural Centre (HKCC), Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade, Avenue of Stars and UC Centenary Garden where large crowds are expected.

"Together with law enforcement teams of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department and the Police, we will patrol in the Tsim Sha Tsui area and take action against littering, illegal hawking and vandalising of public properties," a department spokesman said.

The Piazza of the HKCC and its adjacent waterfront are currently closed for works on the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade Beautification Project and people are urged not to congregate in the surrounding crowded areas during the festive season.

"Along both sides of the Avenue of Stars and the seafront side of Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade, mills barriers will be placed to create a one-metre-wide sterilised zone to prevent anyone accidentally falling into the sea," the spokesman said.

"People staying in crowded areas should stay calm and take care of their safety. We will also take away all removable items there to enhance the pedestrian flow," he added.

Anti-littering and crowd management measures in Cantonese, Putonghua and English will be broadcast regularly through public announcement systems at the HKCC and Avenue of Stars.

More refuse bins will be placed at LCSD venues to keep them clean. Additional workers will be deployed in the Tsim Sha Tsui area to quickly clear rubbish and perform overnight cleaning duties.

Ends/Monday, December 20, 2004
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