I have rarely read such a hollow piece than that by consultant Donald Anderson on the city’s economic outlook (Comment, March 24).
His benchmarks for city success seem to be the number of cranes building ‘Anywhere’ developments and the number of multinationals popping up on the premier shopping streets.
One of the key facts to come from the This Is Edinburgh research is that the city residents value uniqueness. They don’t want to see clone-town high streets or city centres. Yet that is the prospectus which Mr Anderson seems to revel in, with all the risk of ‘here today, gone tomorrow’ jobs and the potential knock-on impact on the local and small businesses which are the real bedrock of the city economy.
So here’s to an alternative economic prospectus: one which builds on home-grown innovation and entrepreneurs; which draws jobs from development in green and sustainable technology rather than fragile consumerism; and which better matches demands across the city region with suppliers from that same region.
Gavin Corbett, Green Economy Spokesperson, Green Councillor for Fountainbridge - Craiglockhart
There’s no feud with Fred over his hedge
I would like to dispute your online article on March 21 entitled ‘Residents shred Fred Goodwin’s hedge with chainsaw’.
There is no feud with Fred Goodwin.
We have been holding ongoing discussions with Mrs Goodwin who has every intention of maintaining the hedge at a mutually agreed height. We have not taken the law into our own hands and set about the hedge with chainsaws. The only chainsaws to have been used on the hedge have been those used by Mrs Goodwin’s contractors.
We are seeking clarification from the council regarding the new law and their response will be discussed with Mrs Goodwin.
Liza Green, Edinburgh, by email
Future looks rosy for Scotland’s oil economy
John Higinbotham (Letters, March 24) must have forgotten that just last month David Cameron was on an oil rig claiming that there was going to be an additional £200 billion worth of oil revenues over and above current projections for the next 40 years.
The first oil and gas off the west coast of Scotland will soon be coming ashore and drilling will soon be starting to unlock the vast gas supply potential from North Sea coal.
Oil and gas is not running out any time soon and prices are predicted to increase.
Recent analysis in the Financial Times found that an independent Scotland would be one of the richest nations in the world and Standard and Poor’s rating agency said that even without any oil revenues Scotland would qualify for its highest assessment.
Scotland’s export performance and balance of trade figures are much better than the rest of the UK which has been running an annual deficit for each of the last 30 years.
Fraser Grant, Warrender Park Road, Edinburgh
Alarms can help children with epilepsy
The Government has commissioned a survey to help understand patient and carer experience of epilepsy alarms as it considers future funding decisions.
In our experience, these alarms can make an incredible difference to people’s lives and we are actively encouraging Scotland’s 7000 families with children affected by epilepsy to get involved.
Caring for a child with complex epilepsy is challenging, requiring 24-hour care and these alarms give a degree of peace of mind and the return of long lost sleep for parents.
They are potentially life-saving as there is a risk of death in seizures, particularly while sleeping (SUDEP).
Without the alarms parents would often stay awake, take sleep shifts or sleep alongside their child, leading to massive sleep deprivation. The alarms therefore offer protection to the child and improve quality of life for the whole family.
Despite the benefit to families struggling to cope with the debilitating condition, the NHS does not currently fund the devices. Nor do we, at the Muir Maxwell Trust, receive government funding, relying instead on the generosity of others to continue our work and these alarms are always in demand.
To date, we have distributed over 3000 alarms and have a permanent waiting list of around 300 families. Therefore, we see this survey as a unique opportunity to help secure much needed public funding for many more life-saving epilepsy alarms.
The questionnaire is live on the National Neurological Advisory Group (NNAG) website and can be accessed via the link http://www.knowledge.scot.nhs.uk/nnagcommunity/what-we-do/condition-specific/epilepsy/epilepsy-alarms.aspx
Ann Maxwell, Founder, Muir Maxwell Trust, Station Road,
Call the doctor and do us all a no-show favour
REGARDING Helen Martin’s column (News, March 17), I recently visited my GP and on the waiting room wall were figures which revealed 100 missed appointments for GPs and 116 for missed nurse appointments in the past month. The figures were the same a few months earlier.
Think how you would feel if you rang for an appointment and were told, if lucky, next week, when you could probably have got in that day if people rang to cancel when they couldn’t make it.
Ron Christison, Calder Court, Edinburgh