More in keeping

PUBLISHED: 09:22 24 July 2006 | UPDATED: 09:38 24 May 2010

MR CROCKFORD-Hawley's recent comments about defending the town's 'heritage' displays his skewed idea about what exactly he thinks this is and reveals his bias as to what he thinks is worth preserving. By his reckoning then all buildings not Victorian ar

MR CROCKFORD-Hawley's recent comments about defending the town's 'heritage' displays his skewed idea about what exactly he thinks this is and reveals his bias as to what he thinks is worth preserving. By his reckoning then all buildings not Victorian are not worth keeping. A well-built house, 30 years old in Cecil Road was defended by local residents but he saw fit to allow it to be demolished. A building in the Shrubbery is defended by local residents and, surprise, surprise Crockford-Hawley leaps to its defence because it's Victorian. It has been said, by those defending the ghastly overbearing faux Victorian pile that took the place of the more modern building, that it is more in keeping with the area but most of the houses in Cecil Road are not Victorian. There are many fine buildings in this town that are certainly worth preserving and these include properties of all ages. There are many, of course, that are not. But if the look of this town is entirely down to the private fantasy of Mr Crockford-Hawley then can we have a whip round to buy him a time machine and send him back a hundred years. Then he can live in a town more fitting of his romantic idealised view of what Weston should be. NICK HARDING - Milton Road, Weston

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