SIR - Against all logic, the idiots at City Hall are proceeding with One City White Elephant still clinging to the original estimated cost of £35m of several years ago; a final bill of £50m is closer to the mark. Which would mean that the rent per square foot needed to make this a viable investment will be stratospheric.

This is one reason why there is not a penny of private money here with Hinchcliffe happy to sanction this blot on the landscape.

Slap bang in the middle of some of the finest architecture in the country they drop in a steel and glass carbuncle. This will be a lasting legacy to a period Bradford will look back on with more shame than the carnage of the sixties and seventies.

The sad thing is that Bradford needed to do something different. This merely defines the paucity of thinking in charge of this once great city.

Steve Wilson, Lenton Villas, Idle