Tin Shui Wai set to see new wet marketLocal | Stella Wong 11 Oct 2019
A temporary wet market with 40 air-conditioned stalls will be built in Tin Shui Wai by the end of next year at the earliest, the Food and Health Bureau announced yesterday.
The bureau said the market will be built on the open space adjacent to Tin Sau Road Park. The stalls will be air-conditioned and mainly sell fresh food such as meat, fish, vegetables and fruit.
Secretary for Food and Health Sophia Chan Siu-chee said Chief Executive Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor announced the construction of a new public market near Tin Shui Wai West Rail Station in her policy address last year.
"Considering that it takes several years' time to build a new wet market, we hope to provide a place for residents to buy fresh food sooner. Therefore, we adopted a new way of thinking in designing the market," she said.
The bureau, the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department, the Architectural Services Department and relevant departments are working closely to take the project forward.
The government will consult the District Council at the appropriate time.
Federation of Trade Unions lawmaker Michael Luk Chung-hung, who is also a Yuen Long District Councilor, welcomed the decision, but said there should be more promotion to attract residents. He cited the nearby Tin Sau Bazaar, which suffers from a lack of customers.
He said that all wet markets in the district, which has a population of 330,000, are operated either by Link REIT or private operators, except Tin Yan Market, which is owned by the Housing Authority.
Because of high rents, fresh food prices in Tin Shui Wai are about 20 to 30 percent higher than in Yuen Long, he said, adding that the temporary market could provide cheaper alternatives for residents and put pressure on Link to lower rents.