Avenue reopening delayed

Local | Jane Cheung 9 Mar 2018

The reopening of the Avenue of Stars has been pushed back to February because the construction work has turned out to be more complicated than expected, and adverse weather has added to the problems.

Director of Leisure and Cultural Services Michelle Li Mei-sheung told district councilors of Yau Tsim Mong that supporting structures of the avenue, which have been under water in Victoria Harbour for years, were in a poor condition.

She said the original plan was to repair them, but all would now have to be replaced with new ones.

"We made the decision after considering public safety and cost efficiency," Li said. The construction project had become more complicated than expected, and the problem has been exacerbated by typhoons last summer."

The tourist attraction has been closed since October 2015 and was expected to reopen in the third quarter.

"We hope the avenue will showcase the proud history of Hong Kong movies, and become a local platform for cultural and creative activities," the department told district councilors.

Food kiosks and souvenir trucks would be added to the area to promote local culture and creativity.

When tendering for food and souvenir trucks, the government will favor tenders that offer organic and healthy products in recyclable containers.

To encourage environmental protection, bottled water will not be available for sale at the avenue. Instead, water fountains will be installed.

The department will also reduce the number of rubbish bins and replace them with recycling bins.

Officials expect an increase in the pedestrian flow from Salisbury Road to the Tsim Sha Tsui harborfront when the avenue reopens.

As the crossway on Salisbury Road outside the Peninsula Hotel might not be able to cater for the increased flow, the Transport Department has agreed to set up a new crossway outside the Sheraton Hotel.

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