The demolition of the Star Ferry and Queen's piers could not be stopped as the decision had gone through all the appropriate consultation processes, Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen said yesterday. But Mr Tsang said the public would be consulted to a greater extent next month about the government's heritage conservation policy. He also pledged that the government would work with experts to preserve the components of Queen's Pier so that it could be reconstructed at a 'suitable site'. Speaking on RTHK's Letter to Hong Kong, Mr Tsang said the huge outcry over the Star Ferry pier's demolition reflected the public's passion about local history and culture. 'Your insistence in preserving these buildings signifies the recognition of personal identity and the sense of belonging to Hong Kong. This sentiment has aroused much resonance and is something that I very much respect,' he said. The chief executive said the feelings the public attached to 'every brick and every column' of some of the old buildings in Hong Kong was something that he shared with them. He said the government would 'fully consider' the public's 'collective memory' and demands in future. His softened stance came ahead of a carnival organised by conservation group Heritage Watch, to be held at 8pm tonight outside the Star Ferry pier site to mark its demolition. Hundreds of people are expected to attend the carnival, which will be preceded by a protest at Queen's Pier. Patsy Cheng Man-wah, of SEE Network, which supports the protesters who demonstrated against the demolition of the Star Ferry pier, said she did not think there would be a repeat of the scuffles that broke out last week. 'This is because everything has been demolished already,' she said. Legislator Kwok Ka-ki, a member of Media Watch and the Society for the Protection of the Harbour, called for the formation of a working group to work out ways to preserve Queen's Pier. He said the pier should remain if its heritage value was to be properly preserved. There are about 1,000 buildings with heritage value in Hong Kong. The Antiquities and Monuments Office has been trying to build a database of a few hundred undeclared heritage buildings to explore ways of preserving them. Mr Tsang said he had already asked the Home Affairs Bureau, which carried out a public consultation on heritage policy two years ago, to 'bring out a discussion on this policy again'. 'Heritage conservation and urban development are not necessarily mutually exclusive. The crux of the issue is to strike a proper balance and reach a consensus, so that society can achieve balanced development,' he said.