THE first meeting of a district board concern group has failed in its bid for a temporary lease of life for the old Western Hospital in High Street. The Central and Western District Board had been asked to develop the building for use by Filipino maids to ease congestion in Central. But the Government has rejected any temporary use for the building and the concern group will now push for a bigger share of the future development for general community facilities. The Concern Group on the Future Uses of the Old Mental Hospital Site at High Street consists of eight district board members, six of whom attended yesterday's meeting. They visited the site and later asked the Government Property Agency and senior town planning representatives whether it could be used for temporary purposes. But a Government Property Agency spokeswoman said the building had been too badly damaged in a fire in 1992 to be made habitable at a reasonable cost. ''The Government has no plans for temporary use because we want to sell it within this financial year,'' she said. The Government has proposed selling part of the site for private redevelopment and using part for community facilities. A spokesman for the district board concern group said it would ask the Government to include social facilities such as a public library, post office and a centre for the elderly even if this meant using a larger portion of the site. The district board had been asked by Hongkong Land to consider a proposal which would keep Filipino maids away from the Central shopping area at weekends. Community campaigner Ms Ann Smyth has said a building firm and a multi-million dollar company have pledged support to convert the hospital to a centre for homeless female domestic helpers and for legal advice, training and recreation for Hongkong's 100,000 domestics. But the concern group spokeswoman said yesterday the facilities would be for all the community, including domestic helpers. ''It would include a community hall which could hold 500 people,'' she said.