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Should buildings end up in the bin?

I was interested to read about the Scottish Government proposal to invest £150,000 in helping to save some of Scotland's less well-known buildings (Plan to rescue forgotten historic buildings in need of urgent repair, News, November 18).

£150 million might be more appropriate, given the enormous task of preserving and finding uses for the considerable number of fantastic examples of architecture that exist in Scotland. These range from the now-derelict Birkhill clay mine near Bo'ness to Scotland's last surviving windmill at Carluke. The task of selecting which buildings merit attention is enormous. Unfortunately, this is not being done comprehensively and the proposed merger of Historic Scotland and the Royal Commission for Historic Monuments Scotland will accelerate the disappearance of Scotland's heritage into the dustbin of history.

Ed Archer


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