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Source: Hong Kong Information Services

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Secretary for Development Michael Wong today said the historic structures found at the Sham Shui Po Fresh Water Break Pressure Tank site should be preserved.

Speaking to the media this afternoon, Mr Wong said the Government will arrange for experts to conduct an assessment of the structures.

“I think what we should do now is to await the evaluation by the experts who will then report to the Antiquities Advisory Board (AAB).

“The AAB will give a grading and then the Government will, going forward, consider what exactly to do with the site, having regard to the AAB’s recommendation.

“But in terms of the overall direction, we do have a stance. We believe that the site should be preserved.”

He added the site should not be further demolished.

“What has been demolished should be restored. Then we should find a purpose which not only reflects the historic value of the site but should also be able to further the enjoyment of the people of Sham Shui Po and of Hong Kong.”

Noting that the Revitalising Historic Buildings Through Partnership Scheme can preserve historic buildings while allowing the public to have reasonable access to the revitalised area, Mr Wong said this is the direction the Government will be taking with the historic reservoir site.

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