Central School site views gauged

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 27 April, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 27 April, 2008, 12:00am

The commissioner for heritage says the government will keep an open mind about the future of the Central School site in Hollywood Road.

Jack Chan Jick-chi was speaking yesterday at the first government forum staged to gauge the public's views about the site where police married quarters were built over the remains of the school.

Central School educated some of Hong Kong's best-known figures, including the 'father of modern China' Sun Yat-sen, who attended the school when it was in Gough Street. It moved to Hollywood Road in 1889.

The forum in Sheung Wan was one of a series of public consultations over three months which the government started in February. About 40 people attended the forum, including district councillors, a heritage concern group, alumni of Queen's College - as Central School is now known - architects and residents.

Central and Western District Councillor Yuen Bun-keung said he would prefer that the lower block of the two police blocks be retained. The other block could be demolished to make way for leisure facilities, which were few in Central and Western District.

Another man, surnamed Lo, suggested the site be redeveloped into a major tourism spot or used as a venue for discussion forums.

Former Queen's College student and Bauhinia Foundation Research Centre adviser Peter Lai Hing-ling said he hoped the historic site would be used for educational purposes.

'I think it should not be used to do something incompatible with education,' he said.

Mr Chan said the government welcomed all views. 'So far there is no concrete plan yet for the future of the site, we are open to all views,' he said.

The Heritage Department will report to the Legislative Council home affairs panel in June or July.