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Town Planning Board welcomes decision on harbour, calls for unity

The Town Planning Board has welcomed the judgment handed down by the High Court on March 9. The court refused an application for a judicial review of the Central District (Extension) Outline Zoning Plan, which was lodged by the Society for Protection of the Harbour.

A spokesman for the board said its members had discussed the judgment today (March 19).

"It is the sincere wish of the board that the legal disputes on harbour reclamation can be put to an end. The board calls for a concerted effort from the community and interest groups to work together in planning the design and use of our harbourfront for the enjoyment of the public," the spokesman said.

"The board is prepared to get on with its work on harbourfront planning to make its Vision Statement for Victoria Harbour come true. It is the board's vision to make the harbour attractive, vibrant, accessible and a symbol of Hong Kong."

The board considered that the setting up of the Advisory Committee on Enhancement of the Harbourfront, as announced by the Government, would help gauge public views and build consensus in the community regarding the harbour.

Ends/Friday, March 19, 2004