I write regarding the proposal to replace the former Astoria cinema in Brighton with a new “green” office block with some “community space” thrown in (The Argus, December 27).

Why can’t the existing Astoria building be made “green” and also brought back into public use?

I have greened up many historic buildings in my line of work and can assure other readers that it can be done at a fraction of the cost (and carbon footprint) of demolishing the current building.

No green purist can argue it is “green” to demolish a building which has already outlived its construction footprint and merely needs (sensitive) refurbishment to bring it up to modern standards.

In addition, more than 90% of buildings constructed today are only built to last 50 years.

How “green” is that and where is the guarantee that this hideous office block has an intended lifespan of at least 100 years?

People need to wake up to “greenwash” when used as an excuse to sweep away our history.

What is the point of a building being Grade II-listed if it can then be demolished? Brighton and Hove City Council should consult with English Heritage prior to making a decision on the planning application of any listed building.

I hope they make the right decision for Brighton and Hove in this case and turn it down flat.

The last thing Brighton and Hove needs is more office space.

Anyone strolling through the streets will observe no end of empty office premises awaiting some care and attention, and tenants.

But then this is probably because the business rates and rents are so high.

If anything, the council should be offering more deals on the first year’s rates to get them filled and focusing on genuine regeneration.

Laura King, Brunswick Street East, Hove