Brass-necked Sue Bruce should focus on Capital

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What a brass neck, does Sue Bruce have no shame? Not content with a salary of £158,500 she has decided to take another job paying £50,000 per annum for 10-12 days work a year.

Not only do I find that incredible but you would think with all the problems the city council has she would be better putting all her energy into the job that we, the hard-pressed council tax payers, pay her to do.

If she presses ahead with this appointment I hope she takes the days that she is not doing council business as holidays or at the very least unpaid leave, I can just imagine what anyone in the real world would be told if they said to their boss ‘I am taking another job along with the one I have and I will be out the office for one day a month’.

Senior councillors who say the new position will not impinge on her ability to perform for the city need to get a reality check. Ms Bruce either works for the council tax payers of Edinburgh in a job she is well paid for or she should go, I know what option I would choose.

Kevin Connolly, Echline View, South Queensferry, Edinburgh

Politicians must fight for the public good

The News opinion poll verdict is good news (News, July 16). The majority of folk who took part do not want to see the picturesque beauty of North Berwick spoiled by an unnecessary housing scheme in the wrong place.

Likewise, the majority of people I have questioned do not want to see picturesque Stockbridge spoiled by an unnecessary shopping, dining and boozing complex fronting a sports stadium in the wrong place.

I refer, of course, to the controversial Accies development because the parallels between the two schemes are very clear.

Both proposals are inconsistent with the respective Local Plans. Indeed, the North Berwick scheme has been blocked on this basis.

Let us hope our planning committee in Edinburgh, and the Scottish Government, will emulate East Lothian Council in defending public good against private gain.

Alan Murphy, Learmonth Grove, Edinburgh

No-one should be on streets in modern age

It’s deeply sad that a snapshot survey has suggested that Edinburgh is now the rough-sleeping capital of Scotland (News, July 17). New Scottish Government statistics which were based on interviews with homeless people put the number of rough sleepers in the city on just one night at 363.

This is appalling. No-one should have to sleep rough on our streets in today’s world and be without a roof over their heads.

It’s a terrible shame indeed as there is an acute shortage of affordable housing in the city.

Surely much more affordable homes must be built to help solve this awful issue of homelessness. These poor souls who are sleeping rough on our streets simply need a roof over their heads to survive. My heart bleeds for them.

June Fleming, Hercus Loan, Musselburgh, East Lothian

Big thanks for Good Samaritan’s kindness

I would like to put in a big thank you to a Good Samaritan.

Last week I took my great-grandson Josh, seven years old, who loves trains, over to Burntisland from Waverley.

We had a lovely day in the park, then the shows. Then on our way back to the train station Josh wanted a shot in the swing park before going home.

He fell and split his head. I took him to the chemist who advised he needed hospital treatment. The nearest hospital was Royal Victoria Kirkcaldy.

At the bus stop my Good Samaritan was very helpful as she could see how upset we were, and that we were holding a bandage on Josh’s head. I didn’t know how far the hospital was from Burntisland. Finally at Kircaldy Bus Station she asked the bus driver to drop us off near the hospital. Then before getting off the bus herself, she slipped money into my hand, saying “you may need this to get to the train station later”.

I asked for her name and phone number to send the money back, but she refused to take it.

Many thanks to her kindness. After his ordeal, my great-grandson cheered up on his train journey back to Edinburgh. It ended up a long day for us.

But it is nice to know that there are kind and helpful people still around in this day and age.

Phyllis Muir, Findlay Avenue, Edinburgh

Delighted to see items returned to museum

I AM delighted to see that sword, dagger and ring reputed to have been owned by King James IV are to be returned on temporary loan to the Stirling Smith Museum.

Given the fact that this year marks the 500th anniversary of the Battle of Flodden, where King James IV lost his life and from whose corpse the items were allegedly taken, this is timely.

The items have been held at the College of Arms in London since 1681 and in February this year Dr Ralph Moffat of Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, an international expert in weapons of the period, undertook an investigation of the objects which indicates that the use of a sword together with a dagger is characteristic of an age later than Flodden.

He however points out that the sword blade has been refitted and may be older than its present hilt.

The fact that the blade is older than the hilt and the inability to date the ring may hold out the prospect that the tradition that these were James IV’s is not wholly unfounded.

The items also exhibit the strong significance that Flodden has had for subsequent ages throughout Britain, and as such are of clear merit.

Alex Orr, Leamington Terrace, Edinburgh