ABOUT 83,000 municipal council logos will be pulled down or covered up after the bodies are abolished on December 31 in a move critics say is ridiculous and will cost millions. The distinctive Urban and Regional council symbols which adorn everything from offices, markets, community halls, swimming pools and tennis courts to parks and rubbish tips will be replaced with stickers. Even those on vehicles and litter bins will be plastered over. A government spokesman denied suggestions from sources who told the Sunday Morning Post that the most prominent symbols - such as those on City Hall in Central and the Regional Council building in Sha Tin - would be ripped down in the early hours of January 1, like British symbols after the handover. Legislative councillor Ambrose Cheung Wing-sum said the symbols should be kept as they were easily recognisable and a 'great asset'. 'Anyone looking at the two logos can recognise them as municipal services whether they be markets, toilets, whatever,' said Mr Cheung, an independent legislator representing the Urban Council. It would save millions of dollars for the new Department of Food and Hygiene to use the Urban Services symbol, and the new Leisure and Cultural Services Department could use the Regional Services logo, he said. 'It would be in memory of the two municipal councils, a 150-year-old structure, which will be scrapped,' Mr Cheung said. The cost of removing the logos will be enormous, he said, as they were permanently attached to buildings. The scrapping of the elected councils, announced by Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa in his October policy address, has been opposed by pro-democracy legislators. Cyd Ho Sau-lan of The Frontier said the removed signs should be auctioned. 'I would be one of those who would want one as a symbol of democracy being rolled back,' she said. The stickers to replace publicly displayed logos would carry the titles of the new departments, a spokesman for the taskforce reorganising municipal services said. 'As for other equipment, tools and consumables carrying the logos, it has been decided that, as far as possible and in the interest of economy, they will continue to be used till the end of their serviceable lives or until the existing stocks are exhausted.'