RESIDENTS living near the Hong Kong Stadium say they may boycott tonight's public hearing on optimising use of the arena for fear of being ridiculed. The residents feel the meeting will be used to embarrass them into agreeing to concerts at the stadium, despite breaches to legal noise limits. Recommendations made to the Urban Council after last month's trial Canto-pop concert called for a waiver to legal noise limits on several days a year to allow concerts to go ahead. While the council and stadium managers Wembley International controlled amplified noise, crowd noise pushes sound levels over the limit. Surveys reveal more than 80 per cent of the public want concerts to be held in the arena and Wembley claims live shows are the most efficient way of earning revenue for the self-funding venue. Chairman of the Villa Rocha Corporate Owners Committee, Stephen Liu Wing-ting, said he is outraged about the public forum after residents demanded a private meeting. 'We wanted the meeting behind closed doors and they said they would entertain that, but now that has changed,' he said. 'It is not our business how they use the stadium, it is not our problem. If they want us to compromise, why should it be at a public hearing? It seems they want to ridicule us. 'Last year I attended the City Forum in Victoria Park and expressed residents' views in public. There's no need to do it again.' The meeting, before members of the council's Stadium Board of Governors, will include sports and entertainment representatives and residents. Another Broadwood Road resident, Mak Yau-kay, said: 'I'm worried they will try to embarrass us in front of the media - say we are selfish and only concerned about the value of our homes.' Council chairman Dr Ronald Leung Ding-bong said the board wanted to hear all views on optimising use of the arena, emphasising it 'has an open mind on the way forward concerning the stadium'.