Letter: City partners

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Your report "Coventry Ltd means business" (5 May) is wrong to present our plans to form a City Centre Management Company as privatisation. It is a partnership. Privatisation would mean handing over to a private company which would operate to maximise its profit and remove public accountability. Instead it will have a contract to upkeep the city centre to standards set by the council.

It will be able to supplement these standards, enhancing the city to the extent that it can raise additional resources. We are hopeful of a sizeable EU grant and private-sector investment.

It is not "the end of local government" in Coventry. It is local gov- ernment facing urban challenges.

Iain Roxburgh

Coventry City Council

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