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Sheerman should look at Huddersfield

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Huddersfield mp Barry Sheerman's proposal for a list of buildings to be demolished is enjoyable if not original, but he gives away the value of such an exercise by his choice of buildings to be blown up.

Can he really think of nothing more worthy of dynamite than London's Millbank Tower? (Or is this a case of abusing architecture in order to have a dig at the Tower's New Labour tenants?) Is he so bereft of a sense of humour that he cannot appreciate the Elephant & Castle? The simple application of a coat of dazzling pink paint has provided South London with one of life's greatest aesthetic joys.

Leave our pink elephant alone, Mr Sherman, and concentrate on demolishing Huddersfield. If, as I suspect, you end up with nothing left in Huddersfield except one quite nice railway station, you can then - and only then - have a go at London.

My proposed List of Buildings of No Special Architectural or Historic Interest includes:

Marsham Street, Westminster - Grade I

Richmond Riverside - Grade I

Arndale Centre (anywhere) - Grade II*

Royal Free Hospital, Hampstead - Grade II*

Buckingham Palace, facade - Grade II

Battersea Power Station (remains of) - Grade II

Millennium Bridge (unbuilt, unnecessary) - Grade II

While we are about it, can we designate the entire Elephant & Castle area a conservation area, so that future generations will not regard us as barbarians for pulling it down?

GILES DOLPHIN

London SW17

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