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A GOVERNMENT 'tsar' Surrinder Sharma hails Coventry as "a shinning example for other cities to follow" having visited a neighbourhood centre, a couple of fire stations and University Hospital - recognised as one of the finest teaching hospitals in Europe.

Shame he was not taken on a tour of the overbearing, soul-destroying apology for a city centre; shrouded in grey concrete, shapeless and without form, or harmony.

Sixty years after our beautiful city was destroyed by war, designers and planners have failed to create architecture with soul.

Bits added on over the years have not improved much; different eras of development have brought designs of that time which do not fit.

There has been no consultation with the people of Coventry seeking their point of view.

Before the council embark on any further development, they should visit the town of Poundbury in Dorset and see how, with consultation, a town designed around people has created a warm and harmonious environment unusual and futuristic.

Jon Cleaver, Binley Woods.
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Title Annotation:Letters
Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Article Type:Letter to the editor
Date:Jan 29, 2011
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