A good design is the most important factor in persuading people to accept columbariums being built in their neighbourhood. That's according to a recent telephone survey of 1,000 locals aged 40 or above, conducted by the Hong Kong Transition Project. They were asked about their key concerns should the government decide to build a columbarium near their homes. Twenty-six per cent of respondents said the look of the facility was their top concern. Compliance with laws and regulations on land use, urban planning, building safety and environment protection was the main worry for 22 per cent of those polled. And 19 per cent saw cleanliness and environmental friendliness as the most important factors. A review of the government's columbarium policy was released for public consultation in July. In the paper, the Food and Health Bureau proposed 12 sites on which columbariums could be built to ease the shortage of urn niche places in the city. But District Councils and residents in the affected areas are opposed to the plan.