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Wembley masterplan must keep Empire Pool

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Your article (aj 4.5.00) concerning the possible demolition of Owen William's Empire Pool demands comment.

Those of us intent on bringing Richard Rogers' seminal Urban Task Force Report Towards an Urban Renaissance and its government follow-up ppg3 to a meaningful reality must have welcomed the news of his appointment as masterplanner for the new Wembley Stadium surrounds (aj 20.4.00).

The concept of brownfield includes the reuse of existing buildings and does not demand a tabula rasa. The Empire Pool, a masterpiece as is recognised in its listing, should surely be retained as a condition of the masterplan.

May I make a gentle correction to your excellent article? I am not a Twentieth Century Society casework officer (a salaried employee) but a member of its casework committee; I thus cannot speak on the Society's behalf. My views are my own solely.

John Bancroft, Haywards Heath

There is no excuse for Carpet Foundation ads

I thought we had got beyond adverts such as those on the back cover of aj 4.5.00.

I know that this isn't the first one in the series but hoped that it might be a short series.

There is no excuse for these adverts and while I am writing to the Carpet Foundation, the most effective way, surely, of getting rid of them is for the publications in which they appear to resist accepting them. You of all people must be aware of your readership. I hope you will be in the future.

James Carr, London SE4

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