Chief Executive Carrie Lam has said the 150 hectares artificial island attached to the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao bridge could be better used.

Lawmaker Tony Tse, who represents the architectural sector, said to Lam at a Q&A session at the legislature on Wednesday that much of the island, which is the Hong Kong border checkpoint for the bridge, has been left vacant.

Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge Hong Kong port artificial island. Photo: GovHK.

The island, which is almost the size of Fanling Golf Course, currently only has one facility. Chunks of land across the island lie empty.

“They were scattered and were surrounded by bridges – they became islands within the island,” he said.

Lam said she agreed strongly with Tse.

“We spent so much effort reclaiming this piece of land, and there is only one thing on this island – the public facility. It indeed does not fit with my idea of using the land to the fullest extent,” she said.

Lam said the government will work with the Airport Authority to look into what the best way to develop the area above the border checkpoint facility would be.

Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge Hong Kong port artificial island. Photo: GovHK.

“Secretaries responsible for planning, transport and commerce have to sit down together, discuss their own demands, and see what the most effective way to fulfil these demands from all sides are,” she said.

She said she would consider formulating a new mechanism with which to consider planning factors in the early stages of infrastructure projects.

Kris Cheng

Kris Cheng is a Hong Kong journalist with an interest in local politics. His work has been featured in Washington Post, Public Radio International, Hong Kong Economic Times and others. He has a BSSc in Sociology from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Kris is HKFP's Editorial Director.