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De La Warr pavilion deserves better fate

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As the wife of a retired architect I was somewhat dismayed to read your editorial (aj 2.3.00) in which you mentioned the success that J D Wetherspoon has had in its conversions of certain buildings into pubs.

Its handling of a culturally comparable project like the Regal/ Arts Cinema complex in Cambridge has been a disaster. The De La Warr Pavilion is one of the finest examples of the Modernist period. If Rother District Council is unable to run the building itself it should seek help, at ministerial level if necessary, not promote a secret deal with a brewery chain. Other and better offers may be 'on the cards'. One was propounded by Giles Worsley in his excellent article in the Daily Telegraph (14.4.00). It is regeneration that is required in Bexhill and the surrounding area, not such a retrograde step.

I read with interest the article 'Wetherspoon's closes in on De La Warr Pavillion buyout' (aj 30.3.00) and noticed on the same page that Margate is opening a new art gallery and arts centre.

Perhaps you would like to do further research into this vexed question. So far the ratepayers have been given no information about the situation, despite many valid questions to the chief executive. I, for one, would like to read a positive report in your journal.

J Aylwin Guilmant, Bexhill, East Sussex

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