Tuen Mun District Council has supported Lingnan University's proposal to expand its campus but asked it to share its facilities with the local community. The council this week passed a motion supporting the construction of a new campus for Lingnan on Tuen Kwai Road in Tuen Mun and near Fu Tai Estate, in preparation for the switch to four-year degrees, which will be introduced in 2012. The new campus will take up about 97,000 sq ft. The motion includes a request that the university should 'take into account the views of residents in the area to achieve the purpose of sharing with the community'. Tuen Mun district councillor Eunis Fong Lai-man said residents wanted access to conference and revision rooms and the library. 'More than 20,000 people live in Fu Tai Estate but there's only one basketball court where major events are held,' she said. Some residents had hoped the land now earmarked for Lingnan would be converted either into a park or leisure facilities or become a transport hub to cater for the needs of a growing population, Ms Fong said. A university spokeswoman said that while funding from the University Grants Committee should not be spent on providing facilities for the community, Lingnan would be prepared to share certain facilities, such as lecture theatres and classrooms when the community was in need of the resources. She said a reasonable fee would be charged for administrative and maintenance. The university rents out lecture theatres to the community in summer at the moment. Leo Chan, a member of the Tuen Mun branch of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong, said the university had not consulted widely enough and that he would arrange meetings between local residents and Lingnan.