Letter: Kept in the dark over monuments

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The Independent Online
Sir: You report today that Jocelyn Stevens (the chairman of English Heritage) has refused to name the ancient monument sites that have been earmarked for disposal because he says that this is an 'internal matter'. At the present time (and let us pray in the future also) these monuments are the property of the nation, that is, the people. We are therefore entitled to know which of them are on his hit-list.

Although we think that we are living in a democratic society, it is alarming to find that we are constantly deprived of open government, particularly when issues are likely to be unpopular - and we have had too many examples of our elected representatives trying to present us with faits accomplis recently.

Yours faithfully,

MILDRED NASMITH

London, N10

27 October

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