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Bus station demolition would be vandalism

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A news story in the local press about the future of the bus station in front of Milton Keynes railway station has been brought to my attention. I trust rumours that building is under threat of demolition are untrue.

In an architectural sense this building is an integral part of the development corporation's consistent design philosophy following the best Miesian traditions. This building is the key to the composition of the station square which itself acts as an arrival point and sets the scene to introduce you to the formal grid plan, which was to be filled with buildings of the highest standard as glimpsed in Lloyds Court and the shopping centre buildings.

I am certain you can fully understand the significance of this building and its location. It is quite likely that the changes of management during the last decade in public transportation are resulting in 'under use' of this building, but at the same time the future emphasis of public transport in this prime position is bound to grow in importance. A mutilated or a different building with unsuitable use in this location will be tantamount to vandalism of the first order and will do no favours to anyone with an appreciation of modern architecture.

I sincerely hope that you will be able to reassure us that there is no truth in these rumours and you intend to continue guarding and protecting all key buildings to highlight the contributions that Milton Keynes has made to the planning and architectural world.

A B Eves, Chalfont St Peter, Buckinghamshire

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