The public consultation on the design of the West Kowloon Cultural District has come under fire for evading controversial issues and asking obvious questions. The three-month consultation, launched yesterday, will gather ideas on how the 40-hectare arts hub should be planned. The findings will be given to the three renowned architectural teams vying to design it. People interested in contributing their views can fill in a questionnaire attached to a consultation pamphlet, or complete the questionnaire online at the arts hub authority's website. A random survey will also be conducted by Polytechnic University's public policy research institute. But despite efforts to engage a wider spectrum of public opinion, the consultation questionnaire was criticised for missing key points and being superficial. There are seven questions relating to appearance, ambience, facilities, activities and transportation. The public is asked to choose which ambience they like: relaxing, exciting, traditional, contemporary, inviting or inspiring. They are also asked to rank the most important features for internal transportation: convenient, comfortable, environmentally friendly or having little visual impact on the surroundings. There are no questions about the location and distribution of arts facilities or residential and commercial developments, despite public concerns on such matters. People are asked only to indicate which arts facilities and retail/dining facilities they would be more likely to visit. 'A good design should have all the features mentioned in the questionnaire,' former Institute of Architects vice-president Vincent Ng Wing-shun said. 'Asking the public to choose from all attractive elements is meaningless to architects.' Ng said the arts hub should have a diverse ambience, and the internal transport should be convenient, comfortable, environmentally friendly and have as little impact on the landscape as possible - at the same time. Authority consultation panel member Ada Wong Ying-kay said the questions were too abstract and a waste of time, and it would be better to do a more solid consultation later on the plans drawn up by the three architectural teams. 'We've had rounds of consultation for the past three years,' she said. Civic Party lawmaker Alan Leong Kah-kit, who sits on the Legislative Council panel monitoring the project, said the survey would obtain only gut reactions and miss the point. 'The major question of positioning - that is, what kind of arts we want - is not raised,' he said. Deputy secretary for home affairs Cathy Chu Man-ling said the questionnaire had been endorsed by the architects and the authority's consultation panel. Authority project director Augustine Ng Wah-keung said people interested in the distribution of residential and commercial developments could give their comments after the open-ended questions.