The development chief pledged yesterday to work with hawkers and the Urban Renewal Authority to reach an outcome satisfactory to all sides in a Wan Chai project. Speaking at a Legislative Council heritage conservation panel meeting, Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor said she was working with the authority and various departments on relocation for hawkers affected by the redevelopment plan in Cross Street and Tai Yuen Street. Street market stallholders and conservationists have strongly opposed the closure of the 80-year-old market. This is being done to allow for extra traffic resulting from residential developments in the area. 'I have been working hard with the various departments and Urban Renewal Authority on a proposal which can accommodate the views of most people,' Ms Lam said. A total of 79 stallholders face relocation to Tai Hang, Jardine's Crescent and the nearby streets. Otherwise, they can move into an indoor market on the podium level of the new 900-flat Zenith development - a joint project by the authority and Chinese Estates Holdings behind the MLC Tower in Tai Yuen Street. But many of these stallholders and conservationists have called for the preservation of the market, which they say is a popular tourist destination and 'living' cultural heritage. Cheng Kwok-man, deputy convenor of a hawker concern group, said without the market, Wan Chai would be turned into Admiralty, where people could shop only in air-conditioned malls.