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Conservation comment is of benefit to no one

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Despite your fair reporting of the conservation-led regeneration scheme at Forest Gate, I fear your editorial comment tried to score cheap points to the benefit of no one (AJ 15.5.03).

The principle of using very limited heritage money to lever in private funds for renewing historic buildings has great potential for the improvement of the quality of our town centres, as has also been shown by the Heritage Lottery Fund's townscape heritage initiatives.

The principle of improving quality of life through quality of place is accepted in policy by government (and, of course, CABE), and to damn the entire process because of one example that currently lacks the patina of age and the individual touch simply does not make sense.

Surely an informed editorial in an edition devoted to conservation would call for proper funding for the historic environment, and for government to let English Heritage get on with its job of protecting heritage rather than pressuring it into making awkward decisions.

The AJ is capable of much clearer thinking than this.

Adam Wilkinson, secretary, SAVE Britain's Heritage

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