Letters: City does a rubbish job of clearing up clutter

Margo MacDonald.  Picture: Robert Perry
Margo MacDonald. Picture: Robert Perry
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Now that we can all see the end of the tram works and testing has started, Councillor Lesley Hinds has assured everyone that all related clutter would be removed very shortly.

That has to be welcomed, but it is only part of the problem within Edinburgh.

Tram works Shandwick Place. Picture: Toby Williams

Tram works Shandwick Place. Picture: Toby Williams

The entire city has countless pieces of what can only be described as clutter lying everywhere, none of which has anything to do with the trams, This clutter has been in situ for months, even years, but the council has failed to have it removed.

That, added to the litter problems which we all know about, makes Edinburgh not a very nice place at present. It is, frankly, a mess.

With this in mind, I contacted Cllr Hinds raising these very points. She initially responded by stating that her department were going to have a “summer blitz” on these items.

When autumn arrived and nothing had changed, I contacted her again suggesting we meet to visit numerous locations so that she could witness, first hand, her department’s failings.

She then advised me she had had a presentation from all neighbourhood managers stating they had completed this work. I refuted that.

So, the e-mails went back and forth for some time, but the end result was that she has refused to see for herself, only quoting that council managers issued instructions on a regular basis to have any redundant clutter removed. We all know how hollow that statement is.

That gives an insight as to how this city is in the mess we all know it to be.

What does the Environmental and Consumer Services Department find so difficult in keeping our streets clear of litter, traffic cones and barriers? It can’t be that difficult.

David Black, Kenmure Avenue, Edinburgh

Highway Code is for cyclists too

I SUGGEST all cycle shops when selling bikes include the Highway Code book.

Oh, I forgot, cyclists can’t read going by the one who ignored the sign at the roadworks at the West End which clearly states “Cyclists dismount”.

I had just left Boots the chemist, making my way to Princes Street for my bus home when I, a pensioner, was almost knocked down or would have been had an American tourist not caught me.

Just for the record, I have been both cyclist and car driver.

S Miller, Broomhall, Edinburgh

Vote gesture means far more than words

i ATTENDED a meeting in South Leith church halls with Margo MacDonald, below, and Nicola Sturgeon stating the case for independence.

The meeting was very well attended, and both of them made good cases for the cause. I came away thinking I had plenty of time to ponder on the pros and cons were, and I would make up my mind next year.

That was until I read about Susie Saunders in yesterday’s Evening News. What an inspiration that lady is, having to fight her illness in order to make sure she has a vote – not for her but for her children and grandchildren. Well, she won me over.

When I vote “Yes” next year I’ll be thinking of that lady, and how her action meant more to me than a thousand words. God bless her.

Stuart Watt, Gordon Street, Edinburgh

Clash of the titans will not be right ’un

It doesn’t bode well that the new face of the “No” campaign, Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael, has a reputation for being a “bruiser”.

Next year’s vote is too important to let proceedings descend to a battle between the rival sides. We need information to help us decide, not some “last man standing” slugfest.

Kate Colquhoun, Edinburgh

Tories not the only posh boys in politics

Having read Alan Lough’s letter (News, October 3) in which he had a go at what he calls “posh” boy George Osborne, I just wondered how he feels about Tony Blair attending Fettes and Alistair Darling attending Loretto, two of the most expensive and exclusive schools in the UK! And I think you’ll find as Chancellor, George Osborne does actually have to work hard.

Sylvia Wilson, Maxwell Street, Edinburgh

Thanks for helping me after nasty fall

I WISH to thank the three persons who assisted me when I stumbled on the pavement cutting my head last Friday afternoon.

Fortunately, one person was a doctor who called an ambulance so I was very soon in St John’s Hospital. Not the way I had intended to spend last Friday afternoon! Thanks again.

Iris Young, Rowantree Grove, Currie, Midlothian

No ‘churchiness’ in Scots courtrooms

Neil Barber knows little about Scottish courts plainly. They are not suffused with “churchiness” as he ridiculously claims (Letters, October 7)!

Mr Barber writes letters on behalf of his 30 or so secular activist members every week but this secular zeal should not make him think he has any democratic mandate to change Scotland so as to conform to his own image of a better society.

After all, it can be estimated that more than two million Scots are in some way affiliated to Christian churches. Compare this to your own sparse membership Mr Barber, please.

Gus Logan, York Road, North Berwick