Concerts may win reprieve at 'noisy' stadium
CONCERTS at the Hong Kong Stadium may recommence under stringent conditions if further consultation with neighbouring residents proves fruitful.
The Urban Council Standing Committee voted yesterday to conduct a survey of residents to find out conditions under which they may accept concerts at the arena.
Councillors said public meetings had shown some residents were not opposed to the staging of concerts providing strict conditions were enforced.
Concerts were banned after several residents, particularly from Broadwood Road, said the noise rattled windows and disturbed their privacy.
Crowd noise was also a problem. By law, such unamplified noise must also remain within certain volume limits, like the music.
'Members of the council felt it was important to seek the views of neighbouring residents first, to see what was acceptable to them,' a council spokesman said after the meeting.
'We believe in order to optimise the use of the stadium, some of the residents are agreeable to staging some concerts, provided they meet certain conditions such as concert hours, frequency and noise-level specifications.' The survey was ordered as councillors consider an application to waive noise limits to allow a limited number of concerts.
Stadium management firm Wembley International says concerts are the biggest revenue earner for the struggling self-funded arena, which has a 1995-96 budget deficit of $13.84 million.
To cover costs Wembley has been looking at other ways to raise revenue for the Stadium. They were criticised again yesterday for leasing 20 car park spaces without consulting the Stadium Board of Governors.
Wembley spokesman, Eddie Wong, said the move was a 'neighbourly gesture' to residents of Ching Man Village who lack parking space and a means of raising much-needed income.