The government's decision to appoint Chief Secretary Henry Tang Ying-yen as head of the authority that will run the future arts hub in West Kowloon has raised little objection from lawmakers and the arts community. But they warned that government officials should only play a leading role at the beginning of the project to avoid the West Kowloon Cultural District becoming another Leisure and Cultural Services Department. The establishment of the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority is expected to feature in Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen's policy address on Wednesday, with the names of board members to be announced afterwards. Some board members were believed to be members of the consultative committee set up to advise on the formation of core arts and cultural facilities proposed. They would include artist Danny Yung Ning-tsun, founder of art collective Zuni Icosahedron; financial advisory group convenor Ronald Arculli; museums advisory group convenor Victor Lo Chung-wing; and Ocean Park chairman Allan Zeman. Sources said some members had agreed to sit on the board only because Mr Tang was going to be the chairman, making the authority appear more accountable and viable. 'However, some of the names previously with the core facilities consultative committee have been left out, which was a bit of a surprise,' one source said. The government invited members of different advisory groups for the consultative committee to nominate potential candidates for the board a few weeks ago. But it is understood that some did not reply. Consisting of not more than 20 members, the authority's board would have 15 non-government members from the arts, business and architectural sectors. One legislator would also be appointed. Democratic Party lawmaker Lee Wing-tat said the authority would be less likely to become an independent kingdom such as the Tourism Board if it was to be headed by a top official. Arts Development Council chairman Ma Fung-kwok, who did not confirm whether he would be on the board, said that having a top government official chair the authority would make for greater public confidence. But he was also concerned about potential overlaps between the authority and the council. Critics hoped the duration of Mr Tang's or the government's leadership would be limited. Art critic Oscar Ho Hing-kay said it might not necessarily be a bad thing to have a top official in charge at an early stage because the project required a lot of co-operation and resource-matching between government departments. 'Nevertheless, it's not ideal to have a government official chairing the authority in the long run,' he said. People's Panel on West Kowloon core member Ada Wong Ying-kay, who said she was not invited to sit on the board, said: 'We don't want the authority to become another bureaucracy' like the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD). Mr Ma asked: 'How would [the authority] be different from the LCSD operation? 'How can this person [the chairman] help to make the community and the private sector more enthusiastic about the arts?' A Home Affairs Bureau spokeswoman said it was in the process of appointing the authority's board and would make an announcement when the procedure was complete.