IT was with great interest I read your article about Aer Lingus, “Airline picks Capital for maiden flight” (News, May 9). Musselburgh Windsor FC under-10s are visiting Cork to play football in September and have been quoted almost £420 return to Dublin by Aer Lingus!
In total there are 75 in our party, 40 boys, ten coaches and 25 parents, and we simply don’t have the money despite holding many fund-raising events to try to cover this.
We are now faced with the prospect of flying to and from Cork from Newcastle which although cheaper means the additional cost of a bus to take us there and back (£1200). No new holdalls and training tops for the trip now!
The quote from Aer Lingus commercial officer Simon Fegan, “our service to Edinburgh is one of our key routes, which continue to grow” gave all at the club food for thought. The airline must be doing well if passengers are paying this obscene fare, in fact we wish we were playing in the United States instead, as an advert in the same edition of the News promotes flights to the USA from £259 each way.
Geography was never my strong point, but I’m still pretty sure Cork is a lot closer than the Land of the Free!
Surely airline companies should be trying to encourage the growth of Edinburgh Airport. Musselburgh Windsor Football Club does, but not at these prices.
Dougie Hall, vice president and under-10s coach, Musselburgh Windsor FC
Police officers should keep out of politics
I DISAGREE with the call of senior police for half of the 32 local authorities in Scotland to be scrapped (News, May 22).
Firstly, what right do the police have to call for the scrapping of councils? I thought the police were supposed to be impartial and non-political. I fear the bigger public organisations become such as the recent merger of eight Scottish police forces into a single large organisation will lead to less accountability and perhaps more opportunity for corruption.
I would not be happy with councils merging and becoming larger. For a start some local authorities appear to be far better run than other local authorities.
In recent years Edinburgh City Council have been in the headlines often for what appears to be the wrong reasons. There has been the disaster of a trams project, the housing repairs crisis and I am almost certain the public could come up with a few more serious issues.
When you look at the above issues that have affected the people of Edinburgh I am inclined to ask the residents of East or West Lothian and the Fife council areas if they would be happy being merged with something along the lines of a Greater Edinburgh Council? I know I certainly would not be happy with that kind of set up. I believe councils should be local to the people whom they represent and by having larger authorities they become less local and less representative of the people whom they represent.
Alastair Macintyre, Webster Place, Rosyth
The next station on line will be Penicuik
Now that the Borders railway is well under way with all the earth moving at various locations, it seems advisable to commence with the reinstatement of the railway to Penicuik.
All Scottish railway reopenings have been resounding successes
The route via the Bilston/Loanhead corridor, which houses 30 per cent of Midlothian’s population, is surely the preferred option. There is no need for a further breach in the City Bypass as the track is already in situ.
Pressure must continue to be brought on Midlothian Council and Transport Scotland to sanction this work. Commuters cannot be allowed to wait another few years while officials continue to dither.
Colin C Maclean, Hillpark Avenue, Edinburgh
The berth of an idea for HMS Edinburgh
I WELCOME the growing swell of support, including that of Margo MacDonald MSP, for bringing the newly retired HMS Edinburgh back to these shores (News, May 22).
Having conferred the Freedom of the City upon the ‘Fortress of the Sea’ during last Friday’s spectacular Privilege parade, I raised the idea with Rear Admiral Hockley and Commander Borbone, both of whom shared my enthusiasm. Dialogue is ongoing and I will be contacting other partners in due course with a view to taking this forward.
One only has to look at the success and popularity of the Royal Yacht Britannia to see the potential benefits for Edinburgh – and beyond – and we must work together as a city to explore every possibility.
Donald Wilson, Lord Provost and Armed Forces and Veterans Champion, City of Edinburgh
Anti-Farage protest is nothing new in city
WHAT’S all this fuss about the anti-UKIP Nigel Farage protest in the city?
Does anyone remember the Pope’s visit to the UK marred by ulster loyalists saying he was not welcome in north east Ireland and not being able to visit people of his faith in that part of the UK? What’s the difference to people demonstrating their opposition to the UK Independence Party’s extreme right wing policy which wants to see Scotland directly ruled from Westminster?
Colin Smail, Edinburgh