A MOVE to keep open nine temporary housing areas after 1997 breaks the spirit of a pledge by Governor Chris Patten, Kwun Tong District Board members said yesterday. Members voted for demolishing three housing areas in their district which the Government said two weeks ago would be kept open with six others to house mainland immigrants and homeless squatters. Originally, it had been promised only four housing areas - all in the New Territories - would be kept after the changeover. District board member Wong Kai-ming said the Housing Department had violated the spirit of the pledge to clear the temporary areas before 1997. 'The main spirit of the Governor's pledges is that he doesn't want to see any areas remain after 1997,' he told housing officials at the meeting. 'You can't tell us now these areas have to be kept as there is a larger influx of immigrants. This is a problem that has existed for a long time. You should have predicted the number before.' Mr Patten said in his 1993 policy address that housing areas built before 1984 would be torn down by next year. The nine additional areas earmarked to be kept were built after the watershed. Chief housing manager Joseph Lee King-chi said the residents would be given at least one offer to move into public housing. 'We hope the residents can accept the offer we make to them,' he said.