A group of Hung Hom residents who are hoping to stop the increase in the number of funeral businesses in the area may as a next move seek help from the Office of the Ombudsman, a district councillor said yesterday. 'Meetings with government officials have not been at all helpful,' said Kowloon City district councillor Pius Yum Kwok-tung. 'We might complain to the Ombudsman.' Mr Yum said the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department was reviewing three applications for undertaker's licences, and had approved three since last year, despite opposition from residents. He and residents from 31 buildings in Hung Hom were considering complaining to the Ombudsman that the hygiene department had ignored their views and preferences. About 20 residents, with Mr Yum and legislator Frederick Fung Kin-kee, attended a meeting yesterday morning with officials from the Home Affairs Department, which is responsible for relaying residents' opinions to the hygiene department. Mr Fung said the meeting had not been successful and the department was only 'restating its official stance' that it would 'reflect residents' suggestions frankly'. He said reflecting suggestions was not enough, and that the government should come up with a long-term plan for the development of the funeral industry. 'The funeral business has been expanding very quickly these past two years in Hung Hom,' he said. 'It is affecting the daily lives of local residents.' Mr Yum would also complain to the Ombudsman that three funeral shops in the area, two on the ground floor of a building and one in a shopping centre, were operating without a licence, but that the hygiene department had done nothing to stop them. Tang Yu-leung, a director of Kam Man Fook, one of the three shops, said: 'We can't operate without a licence, but we don't have the licence yet.' A spokesman for the Home Affairs Department said it had obtained suggestions from district councillors and residents within 100 metres of the shops applying for licences, and would accurately relay them.