Four is better than one to make a lasting impression

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I was standing in Bristo Square on Friday evening when a lone RAF jet flew past. I was pleased to actually see it – until now I had only heard the jets this summer. But where were the others?

Now I know – the RAF has capitulated to a few complaints about noise from local residents and cut back the number of jets flying over the Tattoo from four to one (News, August 11).

How pathetic! A solitary aircraft didn’t really make that much of an impression. Please, RAF, re-instate the four aircraft flying in formation – and making a greater display, impact and noise because of it. The Tattoo is with us for only a few weeks, after all – and this flypast only disturbs the peace for anyone for about as long as it takes Usain Bolt to run 100 metres (and is even more 
predictable).

Lawrence Marshall, King’s Road, Portobello

Public opinion was ignored by SNP

Democracy is not a word to be found in the SNP vocabulary.

Dumfries and Galloway Council refused developers RES planning permission for 11 turbines for the Glenchamber Wind Farm.

The public had made their views very clear to the council and they listened.

The developer, RES, appealed to the Scottish Government and won their appeal and thus the development will go ahead.

I would suggest that the Government is in breach of the Aarhus Convention in that the public’s right to be informed and to participate in the appeal process has been by-passed.

The Aarhus Convention requires that public participation occurs when all options are still open, not when policies are already set in stone.

This Government’s policy is set in stone because of the First Minister’s boast that Scotland will produce 100 per cent of its electricity from renewables by 2020. Alex Salmond has even ordered councils to identify land that could be made available for wind turbines.

Did someone say “we live in a democracy”?

Clark Cross, Springfield Road, Linlithgow

Consultation put devo-max on ballot

It is intriguing to note the comments by those arguing that it is “defeatist” for the Scottish Government to consider a question on the ballot paper in the forthcoming referendum relating to devo-max (News, July 16).

The Scottish Government consultation on the referendum received over 26,000 responses, contrasted with the UK Government consultation which received less than 3000.

While the Scottish Government preference is clearly stated to have one question, it would hardly be right to totally disregard the views from the consultation. Should they ignore this it would totally discredit it being a consultation and the Unionist parties would call the Scottish Government “undemocratic”.

There is substantial support across Scotland from individuals and organisations for increased powers for the Scottish Parliament, short of independence. The key focus should not be on the actions of the Scottish Government, but on the Unionist parties – who want one question – to outline to the Scottish people what powers would be coming to the Scottish Parliament should independence be rejected.

Alex Orr, Leamington Terrace, Edinburgh

Streets all sett for cobbles again

What goes around comes around – the granite setts (cobbles) that originally paved the roads of Edinburgh were lifted in 1956 when the trams were scrapped. They are now being used again on the central islands between the tram tracks on Princes Street.

The contractors have made an excellent job of resurfacing the tram tracks and the cobbles make an attractive change to the usual concrete brick paving.

I believe that tons of cobbles were dumped to fill and level Craigleith quarry so there are a limited amount of setts left for future projects, which is unfortunate as they make an excellent finish.

George Ritchie, North Gyle Terrace, Edinburgh

Hoy centre would have full support

How much have the trams cost us? How many people wanted them?

Compare.

How well has Chris Hoy done? How many people wanted him to do well?

Edinburgh council stand up and be counted. How about creating a Chris Hoy institute of sport?

The UK’s greatest Olympian surely deserves this.

Glasgow has named the veledrome after him!

Jackie Roberts, Edinburgh