More than 70 per cent of Hong Kong people want Queen's Pier to be preserved, partially or completely, a survey by the Democratic Party has indicated. The survey was carried out between December 21 and Tuesday following a series of public protests against the demolition of the Star Ferry pier and a battle for protection of Queen's Pier. Among the 1,062 people questioned, more than half hoped the entire pier could be preserved, while another 18 per cent suggested keeping the pier's original signboard. More than six out of 10 believed the site had historic value, compared with 13.7 per cent who thought it did not. Asked how to preserve the site, nearly half said the best way was to keep the original building at the original place. Thirty per cent favoured moving the entire pier to a new site and 13 per cent suggested building a new pier elsewhere. Democratic Party legislator Yeung Sum said: 'Queen's Pier, Star Ferry, City Hall and Edinburgh Place are a cluster of historic buildings that contain Hongkongers' collective memory and should not be separated.' The party proposed moving the entire pier to the tourist bus park in front of City Hall. 'On the one hand, it will make room for the construction of a new road in the government's planning; on the other hand, it will not be separated from the whole old building cluster,' it argued. The party's proposals also included reducing the number of commercial buildings and parking places on the landfill site in Central, encouraging people to make greater use of public transport and launching a feasibility study on an electronic toll collection system. 'The government should take a long-term perspective on the development of Hong Kong Island,' Mr Yeung said. Chu Hoi-dick, an activist calling for the protection of Queen's Pier, said different organisations had different ideas on its preservation. 'The best way is to keep the pier intact. This is common sense shared by a lot of heritage conservationists, including me,' said Mr Chu, adding that some academics also believed this idea was feasible with a minor change in the government's planning. A concert featuring several local independent musicians would be held at Queen's Pier this afternoon, Mr Chu said. Up to 300 people are expected to attend.