Victory not deserving of preservation
There are a lot of discussions as to whether we should be demolishing certain buildings in Leicester.
A particular one is the Victory (formerly Bedford) Hotel, in Aylestone Road, which was recently referred to in your newspaper, ("Dismayed to learn of pub's demolition", Mailbox, January 4).
The writer questioned if it was right to demolish the building to make more car parking for Leicester Royal Infirmary.
I believe the building is of no visual value and certainly does not qualify as "heritage".
In fact, it's an eyesore on a very prominent junction and removing it would help to enhance the area.
It would certainly help the car parking problem for the hospital.
I'm not against preserving our well-designed Victorian buildings, but let those who make the decisions be sensible and selective as to whether a building meets the criteria needed to qualify or not.
When a property is being considered for preservation, remember the huge cost of maintenance.
A good example of being sensible, was the Bow Street iron bridge which, against the wishes of some, was demolished.
Now the university has completed the sports centre, the whole area has been transformed beyond recognition.
This would never have been possible had the old bridge remained.
Ray Newcombe, Aylestone.