Letters: Caltongate sell-out of Edinburgh’s heritage

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THE repetition, day after day, of the same old excuses for the council’s Caltongate development verdict is driving me beyond Boyling Point (News, February 4).

Economy committee convener Councillor Frank Ross’s views might have constitued a sound argument for urban development in the 18th century, but not today, when the delusion of perpetual economic growth is driving us to destruction.

I picture Edina, the patron goddess of our northern Athens, as a common prostitute, her once noble countenance now marred by many a monstrous carbuncle as she turns to a long queue of foreign investors.

Alan Murphy, Learmonth Grove, Edinburgh

Let’s not become the sick man of Europe

APPARENTLY there is a proposal by the Scottish Government to cut back on direct consultation visits in the NHS for patients by using the internet, telephone or through the social media.

All this has the appearance of a constitutional change to our national health service, which may well have an effect on our GP services.

The post-war welfare state was created to vanquish the five giants of the early 20th century – squalor, ignorance, want, idleness and disease.

If we leave things as they are we may add a sixth – fear of old age.

So how do we stop the postcode lottery and set out the health entitlements that every citizen should have a right to expect?

Chas Dennis, Niddrie Marischal Road, Edinburgh

Pull your socks up for a charitable cause

As the London Marathon 2014 edges closer, many of your readers will have been pounding the pavements in preparation for the gruelling 26-mile route.

Last year I ran my first ever marathon for Action for Children, a charity that supports more than 250,000 of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children and young people in the UK.

I found that taking on the challenge to raise money for children with disabilities, families who can’t afford to eat, and young people who spend their time caring for family members was the best motivator.

For all of those Edinburgh runners who’ve been lucky enough to secure their own place for the marathon this year, I urge you to consider raising money for Action for Children. You’ll be helping a great cause and it could help push you that little bit further.

To become part of the Action for Children running team, please e-mail london.marathon@actionforchildren.org.uk. Good luck.

Emily Maitlis, pictured, BBC Newsnight presenter, London

Beeching’s axe is facing a reversal

As someone who has been daft enough to have followed the decline and apparent rebirth of interest in the railways, I could say I thought the original closures were badly thought out at the time.

I was on what was basically the closure special train on the Waverley Route in 1969 – now we see a partial reopening under way.

Attention is turning to the Perth via Glenfarg route sacrificed in 1970 to enable the M90 to be built in part on the trackbed.

Nearer home is the trackbed of much of the Corstorphine branch. I’ve recently wondered if the money spent on trams might not have more than covered the estimated losses on that line over the intervening 40 or so years since its closure. By now it may well have been 
profitable!

Alex Rankin, John Knox Road, Longniddry

Bridge visitor centre tops for tourists

IT’S great news that fresh images of the planned Forth Bridge visitor centre have been released ahead of a public consultation (News, January 29).

As Network Rail plans to install a state-of-the-art visitor experience at the base of the rail bridge’s northern tower, which will feature a lift to the top, no doubt the views will be breathtaking from a platform which will be 100 metres above the Firth of Forth. A second centre is also to be opened in South Queensferry, acting as a base for walks to the top of the iconic bridge’s south tower.

What a grand tourist boost this will be, both for local visitors and those from abroad, to one of the world’s most beautiful and iconic heritage sites.

June Fleming, Hercus Loan, Musselburgh