Letters: Cameras looking but is city listening?

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Having read David Black’s comments re clearing up clutter (Letters, October 9), I could not agree more with what he said.

The amount of signage regarding proposed road works and revised road layouts that is still displayed months if not years after the works have been completed is absolutely ridiculous.

I had a similar response from Councillor Lesley Hinds when I contacted her many months ago after the fiasco of the bus lane cameras when fines had to be refunded in the Jock’s Lodge/Willowbrae Areas.

I made the point that some of the bus lanes were so short before a traffic junction that they should be removed, which is the problem on Willowbrae Road approaching Duddingston Crossroads.

I also stated that some bus lanes are on streets with very few buses, for example Duddingston Park approaching Milton Road crossroads which only has the 21, a half hour service, and the 49, a quarter hour service – that is a maximum of six buses per hour. Does this justify a bus lane?

I received a reply that a full reassessment was going to be carried out of the bus lanes and camera enforcement.

To date I see no changes or improvements!

John M Tulloch, Duddingston Park South, Edinburgh

When pedestrianised means a cycling area

I ALWAYS thought that to pedestrianise something meant it was for the use of people in that area to walk.

Apparently not if the people on bicycles have their way. Let’s take motorised vehicles away from Princes Street, let the trams stay but allow bicycles to use it (News, October 10).

Can “ The Man from Spokes” (there must be a movie in there) guarantee I won’t be hit by a bike? I think not.

When they get their way will we start to hear the bleating about the rails being too dangerous? And why don’t we just spend billions to make the whole system subway or monorail?

Ian Stevenson, Chancelot Terrace, Edinburgh

Christianity can give us all hope

SANDRA Dick in her article on funerals (News, October 8) talks about something written centuries ago. Let me remind her that she is talking about the Bible – the living word of God, which can answer all our problems if we accept Christ as our personal saviour.

She also mocks one of the greatest hymns ever written, Abide With Me.

She wants religious tradition to give way to humanist funerals. What an awful choice that would be. A Christian knows that one day he or she will be reunited in heaven with their deceased friends.

As a Christian breathes his last breath of earthly air, his next breath will be a breath of heavenly air.

A Christian has hope where non-religious or humanists have none. I know which one I prefer.

Andrew Hiddlestone, Pentland View Terrace, Roslin, Midlothian

Moore may have to look for a proper job

Martin Hannan is a little harsh in his description of the sacked Scottish Secretary Michael Moore as “underwhelming” (New, October 8).

From the moment of his appointment, Moore, pictured, was tireless in his efforts to belittle and ridicule his own country at every opportunity.

His finest moment was undoubtedly his solemn warning that after independence we would face higher costs for mobile phone calls, just after the EU had ruled they were to put a cap on increased costs for calls.

However, I suspect Mr Moore will get his just reward after he loses his seat at the next General Election, with a seat in the House of Lords, if of course we are not independent by then, in which case he will have to find a proper job.

Gavin Fleming, Websters Land, Grassmarket, Edinburgh

Workers lose again thanks to coalition

EMPLOYEES will be charged fees for the first time for taking claims to employment tribunals. There are concerns that the fees will prevent employees from pursuing cases and will encourage employers to behave unscrupulously.

The new charges are split into two levels depending on whether the claim is basic such as for holiday pay or more complex, such as unfair dismissal or discrimination.

The level one fees are £160 for making a claim and £230 for hearing it, while level two fees are £250 and £950 respectively.

Also, the employee must pay the hearing fee well in advance of the actual hearing date.

Workers are shafted again by this coalition government.

The employers are over the moon – they know workers won’t have the money to put up front.

J Hill, Stenhouse Avenue, Edinburgh

Defence chief knows plenty about cuts

DEFENCE Secretary Philip Hammond has got a brass neck to say that a “Yes” vote for independence next year would cause serious harm to our armed forces (Evening News, October 8).

Coalition cuts have already slashed our armed forces and their weaponry to the bone.

Pot and kettle, Mr Hammond?

Alan Lough, Boroughdales, Dunbar, East Lothian