I was delighted to read Adam Trimingham's report (The Argus, March 24) that the city council has decided to retain Hove Library.

I would like to give my sincere congratulations to Christopher Hawtree on the success of his campaign after much dedication and hard work.

I joined the library 75 years ago when I was at Connaught Road Infants School.

The children's department was then in the basement, approached by the passage at the side.

I can still recall my joy when each new "William" book appeared on the shelves.

My memories since then are of the ever-friendly and helpful staff in both reference and lending departments.

I must also congratulate the councillors who had the wisdom to listen to public opinion in reaching such an excellent decision.

This encourages me to think the Heritage Over Vandalism Actually group's case against the proposed skyscrapers at the King Alfred site also has a chance of success.

Unfortunately, we have to wait until the end of the year before a planning application is likely to be submitted.

Perhaps the delay will at least give the developers an opportunity to reflect on the opposition that awaits them.

-KD Fines, Hove