The consumer-rights watchdog will intervene in a dispute between Swire Properties and a group of Mid-Levels residents who claim they were misled when they purchased property from the firm a decade ago on the basis that their harbour views would be preserved. Tenants at Robinson Place said they had filed a complaint with the Consumer Council over the developer's plans to build a 63-storey 'toothpick' tower in the direct path of their views of Victoria Harbour. 'The council said they will get back to us,' said Winnie Chan, a resident representing the owners at the 47-storey Robinson Place. The residents claim they were persuaded in 1994 by Swire sales staff to buy the flats there because its sea view would not be blocked. The property developer announced recently it had obtained approval from the buildings department to build a 63-storey tower directly in front of their building. Other residents are also worried about the traffic pressure on congested roads from another tower. A Consumer Council spokesman said the watchdog would look into whether facts were misrepresented when the flats at Robinson Place were first offered for sale in 1994, or whether the company breached any warranty terms with the new tower. If there was any such breach or misrepresentation, the council would seek to mediate a compromise, or advise in a legal action by the residents to claim damages. A Swire spokeswoman said it would co-operate with the council's probe, but declined to comment further. While Swire already has approval for the tower, town planning restrictions mean the approved design will result in flats too small to appeal to the luxury market. The firm has asked the Town Planning Board to relax restrictions so it can build a shorter tower with larger apartments, but this has run into district council opposition. Mid-Levels residents said Swire had threatened to go ahead with the new tower if they continued to oppose its request to relax planning restrictions.