Disclosure challenges government's line on significance of disused Central police married quarters The government knew the disused police married quarters in Central included a wall from Sun Yat-sen's school and once considered using the site as a museum to the founder of modern China, the South China Morning Post has learned. The revelation by a senior project manager in the Antiques and Monuments Office could deal a blow to the government's push to sell the prime 62,400 sq ft site on Hollywood Road, which was once the site of Central College where the founder of modern China studied while in Hong Kong. The news challenges the office's official line that the site is of no historic value, which it used in dismissing an application by a group of residents and activists to preserve the site. The group appealed to the Town Planning Board's Metro Planning Committee for the area to be preserved because of its connection to Sun Yat-sen and the lack of green space in Central. They also said any large-scale residential development would create a traffic bottleneck in the area. But the Antiquities and Monuments Office of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department said 'the existing buildings on the site are neither declared monuments nor historical buildings'. The Town Planning Board's Metro Planning Committee will meet today to decide whether to proceed with a residential development on the site. But the senior manager said 'everybody knows' that the site had a wall linked to the school. '[The] monuments [office has] the original drawings which show where the walls of the old school were going to remain.' The senior manager said using the site as a museum had been discussed at least two years before the central government purchased the Kom Tong Hall in Castle Road for $53 million in February last year to be used as the museum. A report was going to be written about the suitability of the school site, a historical consultant on the original proposal said. But the co-ordinating official was removed from his position before it could be completed. Albert Lai Kwong-tak, of the Conservancy Association, described the revelation the government ignored the site's historical significance as 'appalling' and a 'blatant violation' of the majority of Hong Kong's people who were determined to preserve what was left of their heritage. 'This really shows how wide the gap is between the official desire to sell land purely for revenue and the public's desire for better cultural conservation to preserve our heritage,' he said. Retired Hong Kong Baptist University academic Gillian Bickley, who has written books on the history of Hong Kong's education, said the school was built and run by Frederick Stewart, who was considered 'the founder of Hong Kong education'.