A proposal to build a multi-storey underground car park with 140 spaces in Stanley has divided the beachside community, with district councillors set to debate the issue at a meeting tomorrow. The plan has ignited heated debate among residents and business owners, with the proposed car park at the junction of Stanley Beach and Stanley Village roads regarded by opponents as a "white elephant" as the village is busy only at weekends. Supporters of the plan say the extra parking is needed due to a shortage of spaces at weekends and on public holidays. The two basement levels would provide 140 spaces, and about 95 existing street-level spaces would be turned into parking for coaches. Southern District councillor Chan Lee Pui-ying, who represents Stanley and owns several commercial properties in the area, said she was "neutral" about the plan. She said most councillors had backed the plan when they met on Thursday but that it would be discussed again tomorrow. "It depends on what the people want," she said yesterday, pointing out that the proposal was almost a decade old. Last April, the Transport Department revived the proposal by presenting preliminary designs for the car park. Chan, who heads the council's traffic and transport committee, said she would ask the government to consult the public before making a decision. Councillor Paul Zimmerman was concerned that the car park would impact the main pedestrian thoroughfare and said it was "not a very smart idea". The Stanley Residents Concern Group, formed in 1994 to fight the original car park plan, commissioned a traffic impact study late last year and gave its report to the council on Wednesday before tomorrow's traffic and transport committee meeting. The report said the car park was unnecessary and would worsen traffic congestion on an "already saturated road network". In a letter to the committee, the group's spokesman, George Ho, said the proposal was only for the benefit of businesses and tourists and would harm the environment. "Not only does this proposal disregard the interests of Stanley residents, it disregards the interests of Hong Kong residents who wish to enjoy our beach and clean air on weekends and public holidays," Ho wrote. J.R. Robertson, who lives near the proposed car park and whose firm runs a bar on the Stanley promenade, said two existing car parks along Carmel Road could be developed instead, producing less traffic impact.