Dear Editor, When John Madin, the architect of the popular Central Library, says that the new Library of Birmingham is a waste of money (Post, March 10) his views must be taken seriously and not dismissed as ‘sour grapes’.
Most council taxpayers, especially those who live next to it in the deprived Ladywood ward, will agree with him as they see it rising over Centenary Square with another six floors still to go on top.
Council taxpayers will bear the entire burden of the £193 million loan for many years whilst front-line services are decimated. But it’s not too late to cut the cost of the building.
For a start the fancy filigree metalwork that is supposed to turn it into an iconic building should be scrapped and most of the building made available for commercial or council office space.
This will allow the council to keep the Central Library as a library, which is what it was designed for in the first place.
This is only sensible at a time when other new building projects in the city centre are stalled because of the recession. It’s also clear from growing unemployment in the city, that the council’s hope of the new library reviving the local economy in defiance of the global recession was hopelessly optimistic.
Green Party Candidate, Ladywood ward.