The Democratic Party has appealed to the Urban Council for permission to hold a rally in Central on June 30. Party heavyweight Cheung Man-kwong said members would tell the council its booking for Chater Garden would not clash with a carnival to be held by the Association of the Celebration of the Return of Hong Kong. The council's Recreation Select Committee turned down the party's application earlier this month but allowed the handover association to hold activities there instead. This was despite the party booking the venue a year in advance - five months earlier than the association. Mr Cheung said: 'There is no clash. The association holds its carnival during the day and we have the rally at night. 'In addition, Chater Garden is not a small venue. There is enough room for two groups to hold activities there.' The legislator declined to say what the party would do if the appeal was rejected. 'We can join the handover association's party in our own style,' he said. Democratic Party Urban Councillor Kam Nai-wai said the appeal would be discussed by the council's Standing Committee in late April.