Legislature tells the government to take note of criticism and suggestions in two reports on the cultural district The legislature yesterday unanimously endorsed two reports by its subcommittee on the West Kowloon cultural project, including one calling for an overhaul of the planning and financial arrangements. Members who spoke in a motion debate proposed by Alan Leong Kah-kit, of the Article 45 Concern Group, demanded the government heed the suggestions and criticism made in the reports. The subcommittee's second report, released in January, suggested separating the cultural and non-cultural components of the development, scrapping the proposed canopy, and financing the arts hub element of the project with income from land sales. Secretary for Housing, Planning and Lands Michael Suen Ming-yeung defended the administration, saying the government had already listened to public views by adding new parameters, including abandoning the single-developer approach, in response to the first report released in July. 'What is disappointing is that the subcommittee does not seem to agree with the government on this front. The chief secretary has pointed out that the second report deviates substantially from the government's proposal, and will nullify all of the efforts made in the past few years,' Mr Suen said. 'It has not taken public views into consideration, and is inclined to take a more conservative approach by suggesting that the project should follow traditional procedures of land sales.' Mr Suen said the second report failed to guarantee sufficient funding for the cultural facilities and would further delay the project. He said the government would stick with its frameworks despite criticism in the report. Mr Leong said Mr Suen was merely repeating previous government statements. 'Legco and the administration are like two parallel lines that never meet,' he told the meeting after Mr Suen's speech. Mr Leong said the meeting had been disappointing and hoped Chief Secretary Rafael Hui Si-yan would better address public concerns when he attended a subcommittee meeting later this month. Subcommittee member Chan Kam-lam, of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong, said his party supported the motion. 'The reports represent views of different sectors. The administration should give a positive response instead of brushing aside the reports,' he said. Democrat legislator Albert Chan Wai-yip accused Mr Hui of being a coward for refusing to attend the meeting. 'I propose that Legco condemn Mr Hui,' he said. A spokeswoman for Mr Hui's office said later: 'Everyone in the government works diligently to perform their duties. There is nothing unusual in that some members of Legco may have different views.' Mr Hui wrote to legislators, saying the administration could not provide further information.