Residents have voiced fears over a plan to build a centre to treat skin disease and AIDS patients near their homes. They are concerned they could contract diseases from patients visiting the proposed centre in Fanling, legislators were told. The Health and Welfare Bureau said in a paper to legislators that building the Fanling Primary Health Care Centre was warranted because there were not enough clinics in the Fanling/Sheung Shui area to meet demand. The centre, next to a primary school, will stand at the junction of Jockey Club and Pik Fung roads. It will be in a nine-storey building on a site of 3,019 square metres. But members were told that while residents were happy with provision of a new health care centre in North District, they queried the location. 'In addition, they were concerned about possible odour nuisance . . . and the possible transmission of skin diseases or sexually transmitted diseases from patients visiting the proposed centre,' the paper said. The Government said the site was considered to be the most suitable and practical option. The health department said air-conditioning would minimise odours and that sexually transmitted diseases and skin diseases could not be contracted without direct contact. Officials will apply for $392.9 million in funding for the centre's construction at the public works sub-committee on Wednesday.