LETTER: This is 2016 – not the 1800s

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Having taken an interest in the plastic windows saga may I say this council’s planning department and planning committee are way out of touch and whoever else is having influence on this issue, might I ask. The most notable thing about this hotel is the balcony railings and fancy facia the windows are insignificant to the overall view, even to the trained eye it looks great. I have made my views known and been offered a visit to convince me these windows should remain wooden. I’m afraid I had to decline the offer as I probably know as much if not more about sliding sash windows in my capacity as a joiner for 50+ years. I have maintained, repaired and made many wooden windows and in particular the type in question. Wooden, even with modern techniques, cannot offer all the advantages of plastic.

If it’s such an important issue why not condemn all the eye-level structures not conforming at present and adorning the fronts of many along our seafront. The council’s own property is worth a look , the restored kiosk in the Redoubt garden has been left to rot away. Also the powder-coated glazed frames when you continue to the Pavilion are not exactly in keeping but are probably conveniently just outside the conservation area. This issue is absolutely ridiculous. If the hotels are to flourish they need to move with the times. This is 2016 not the 1800s.

Keith Fillery

Southern Road

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