Dear Editor, The article in the Birmingham Post (13 October 2011) contains one inaccuracy, and one unfulfilled promise.
The reporter’s assertion that the clearance proposal was devised by the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition is just plain wrong. It was almost certainly Albert Bore’s own idea in 1999 as part of Labour’s ambitious plan to entice multinational businesses to relocate their headquarters in the city centre. The 2004 coalition merely picked up Labour’s baton.
The promise made by Councillor Bore that he would be writing to me to explain why he wants to demolish the Library, despite it being recognised around the world as a building of outstanding merit, has not yet been fulfilled.
The only reason offered in his article, that it must go to make way for the redevelopment of Paradise Circus, suggests that his mind is closed and he is unwilling to take into account the changed state of the economy and the growing appreciation of 20th century architecture since he formed his idea more than ten years ago.
Secretary, Friends of the Central Library