Dear Editor

I WOULD like to respond to Malcolm Lewis letter (Wilts and Glos Standard, Thursday, November 22) regarding the air raid shelter in the grounds of the old Memorial hospital car park, Sheep Street.

I have been in contact with Historic England to see if the air raid shelter could be listed or given protection.

They replied when it was put forward in 2016 to get listed (I think I did it then) the then Secretary of state felt it doesn't need protecting as it wasn't under threat and they feel that nothing has changed so they won't be taking it any further unless anyone can present any new information or evidence that the shelter is under threat.

Who knows what designs Cotswold District Council have on this site?

Maybe pull down the old hospital and demolish the air raid shelter to provide more parking?Or sell the whole site for development?

I believe they would do the latter and a certain wealth management company would buy it up.

Finally I would add that I have sent an email to our local MP Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown and as yet have not received a reply.

I did state that it is an important part of Cirencester's wartime heritage and should be protected for future generations.

Stuart Moaby