IN a recent Conservative Party flyer In Touch, the leader of Huntingdonshire District Council, Councillor Ian Bates, stated we need to replace the district council s central offices, Pathfinder House, because most office buildings have a useful life of 2

IN a recent Conservative Party flyer In Touch, the leader of Huntingdonshire District Council, Councillor Ian Bates, stated we need to replace the district council's central offices, Pathfinder House, because "most office buildings have a useful life of 25 years".

He then went on to write of the 32 years that Pathfinder House will have lasted until demolition, implying that this was better-than-average value for Council Tax payers' money.

In a letter to the council leader, the Hunts Green Party expressed astonishment that he could boast of the longevity of a building that had no more life expectancy than most

post-war prefabs.

In an area that can boast buildings that have lasted more than 50 years and modern buildings that have substantial histories, it is perhaps time that the council leader offered a clear and accurate public statement that substantiates the claims in In Touch.

His view that 32 years is somehow adequate for the life of any major public buildings is a disgrace to a council that makes claims to environmental sensitivity.

To add to this environmental waste we, as taxpayers, foot the bill for the atrociously poor life of this building.

SAM BELL, Hunts Green Party, Main Street, Hartford