PROMOTERS are considering setting up a committee to advise the Urban Council on staging performances at the Hong Kong Stadium. Promoters say they have been thwarted because of the council's lack of expertise and poor communication with residents over noise. They say dialogue between the council and residents is breaking down because there is no mediator to explain the issues to both parties. Midas Promotions director Dale Rennie said the stalemate could be resolved by forming a committee, consisting of several promoters, representatives from stadium managers Wembley and members of the stadium's board of governors. 'It is my personal goal to have this issue resolved within 12 months,' he said. 'I hope the council don't see this as a slap in the face but we want them to see this is a bridge to solve continuing communication problems. 'We will advise them on technical details of putting on the show and explain to residents simple compromises we can make in terms of noise. We have years of experience in this field, and unless we get the residents' understanding we are going to get nowhere.' The idea was discussed by promoters attending a public hearing last week on optimising use of the stadium. Barely a handful of residents turned up for the hearing. Many boycotted the event for fear of ridicule and they were also angry about a lack of organisation. Andrew Bull from promoters Arena said the committee would provide help to the board when making decisions but emphasised political wrangles were to be avoided. 'I think it would be useful for people involved in the business on a professional level to assist the board in these matters,' he said. 'But we certainly won't be there to make decisions for them. The people voted them in not us, so it would strictly be on an advisory level.' Mr Rennie said simple waiving of legal noise limits by five to 10 decibels on specific days of the year would be enough to put the territory on the touring schedules of the biggest names in rock. And he suggested the limited days be split with Canto-pop performers. But Urban Councillor Ada Wong Ying-kay said noise limits simply could not be legally broken. 'I don't think the Executive Council would be ready to grant waivers to noise limits at this particular time,' she said. 'But I definitely agree to better communications between parties. The key to the success of Wembley Stadium in London is compromise. Residents understand the shows have to be put on but their requirements are also catered to. I don't see why this shouldn't happen in Hong Kong also.' A recent survey commissioned by the board showed 88 per cent of the population wanted big international acts to perform at the stadium. But residents say they will tolerate no noise from the arena during concerts and want it used only for sport and other activities. Mr Rennie said: 'What sort of democracy do we have here in Hong Kong when the minority can control the majority? The Government had no problem in allowing longer operation hours for Kai Tak airport regardless of residents' protests.'