Editorial : Private Recreational Leases

【明報專訊】THE public consultation on the policy review of Private Recreational Leases has now been completed. The government says that whether the 27 plots of land under such leases, including the Fanling Golf Course, will have their leases renewed will be dependent on a number of factors, and that renewal is not "necessarily a natural or automatic outcome or taken for granted". However, no matter whether the government intends to levy a charge one third the market value or require these clubs to be open to the public for up to 30% of their opening hours, the policy is still tantamount to connivance at the privileges of some people in nature.