Sha Tin district councillors have called on the government to provide more details about a public housing project that would replace Kitchee football club’s training centre , while some members expressed reservations about the development. The Housing Department and the Planning Department had held four “soft lobbying” meetings with the district council in the past two weeks about the project, according to council members. Council chairman Ho Hau-cheung criticised the government for providing little to no information. “The government is just trying to test the waters,” Ho said. “All we’ve been told is that the project would be carried out in two phases, providing a total of about 1,400 flats in the Shek Mun site. How can we give any constructive comments or make any judgments with such little information?” Kitchee Sports Club boss fears for future training base Ho said although he believed the Shek Mun area had the capacity to accommodate a few thousand more people, the government should come forward with a comprehensive plan as well as ancillary transport measures. The council will be formally consulted on the matter early next month. Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying has stood firm on backing the project, which would spell the end of Kitchee’s HK$84 million training centre after just one year. The head of Kitchee Sports Club said earlier that he feared they would not be able to find enough money to build a new centre even if another site was found. I support in principle the plan to build more housing but they have not persuaded me on this one. I still have reservations Sha Tin district councillor Wilson Li Wing-shing Sha Tin district councillor Wilson Li Wing-shing of the Democratic Party expressed “reservations” as the site was an important piece of open space for the community. He said a two-hour “unofficial” meeting between planning officials and council members held on Thursday afternoon had failed to convince him. “I support in principle the plan to build more housing but they have not persuaded me on this one. I still have reservations,” he said. Councillor Iris Wong Ping-fan of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong said building homes at that location was not ideal for residents – it is next to an industrial estate – nor was it in the best interests of Sha Tin residents. “By 2023 Sha Tin’s population will grow by another 100,000,” she said. “What we need are more clinics, libraries and recreational facilities for the public.” She believed the hasty move was made by the government to desperately meet its housing targets. Asked whether the council would block the move, she said the government had to focus on negotiating with Kitchee. “This shouldn’t be a political issue. This is a matter of poor communication and coordination on behalf of the government. It’s something they have to work out,” Wong said.