I WAS interested to read in last week’s paper that ‘Knutsford is a town steeped in heritage’.

This is true as we have quaint, attractive streets and various old historical buildings such as the former Carnegie Library, the former Town Hall, the former Court House, and the former Prison Governor's residence all of which, rather than being demolished, have been adapted for other uses to enable them to continue to serve the people of Knutsford.

However last year at the same time we were all commemorating the end of the First World War, we learned that another building which is probably closer to the hearts of Knutsfordians than the others I have listed, was under the threat of imminent demolition.

I refer of course to the Knutsford War Memorial Hospital known affectionately as The Cottage which was built and paid for by the citizens of Knutsford and the local area to serve as a permanent reminder of the sacrifices made by those who lost their lives protecting our freedom.

However this well-loved building which many feel could easily be adapted to continue to serve the local population in one form or another was seemingly not deemed important enough to be protected from demolition.

Therefore possibly a clearer definition of ‘heritage’ is needed, as I for one, cannot understand how this well-loved 97-year-old building was not seen by the decision makers as part of our heritage and in need of protection.

Mabel Taylor Knutsford