Letters: City must clean up its act if it wants tourists back

Litter around an overflowing bin in the Grassmarket.
Litter around an overflowing bin in the Grassmarket.
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Once again Edinburgh is in the news for all the wrong reasons, the pictures of overflowing bins in the city centre is an absolute disgrace and this scene is repeated throughout the city.

Councillor Lesley Hinds is quoted saying “staff are under pressure to cope given the huge increase in litter” (News, August 13).

Wind turbine

Wind turbine

The simple solution is to stop making excuses and employ more staff in the cleansing department, especially during the busy summer months, and to deploy more bins throughout the city.

Cllr Hinds could maybe get council chief executive Sue Bruce out of her office one day a month as she appears to have lots of time on her hands.

Edinburgh is a beautiful city and if we want to keep it that way something must be done about the litter problem.

The people of Edinburgh who throw rubbish away in the streets without a second thought need to be reminded that you are never too far from a bin and to dispose of rubbish responsibly.

If we want tourists to return we need to make sure they go home with memories of a beautiful clean city.

Kevin Connolly, Echline View, South Queensferry, Edinburgh

Take care, and don’t mention the war

A WOMAN is kept in the cells for three days, and put in front of a sheriff who accuses her of a “vile” act before sentencing (News, August 8).

Her crime? Telling her non-Scottish neighbour to “go back where she came from” in the course of a heated quarrel.

A Dunbar publican ordered by the police to take down the “Scotland vs Them” notice he put up to advertise his screening of a football match in case it upsets an English policeman (News, August 13).

Has Scotland gone completely mad, or is it just we who live in Edinburgh and the Lothians? Make sure that you don’t mention the war.

David Fiddimore, Calton Road, Edinburgh

Big box store is a thing of past

Helen Martin may be whooping for joy at the prospect of driving to an enlarged retail park off the city bypass at Straiton (Capital suffers from car policy, News, August 12), but I suspect her excitement won’t be shared by the hundreds of thousands of Edinburgh and Midlothian residents who don’t have access to a car.

The big box chain store retail park has had its day. Just look at the vacant units in these places.

By contrast, small businesses account for 99 per cent of Scottish businesses and for more than half of the jobs in the private sector.

It is these independently-owned Scottish firms we should be supporting, to strengthen our local economies and communities.

Shopping should be convenient, yes. But simply pursuing the failed models of the past won’t deliver the joy Helen craves.

Alison Johnstone, MSP for Lothian, Scottish Green Party

Ill wind that blows no good for taxpayers

I HATE to pour ice-cold water on the noble thoughts of Anna Jasinska who wants to prevent banks fuelling climate change (Letters, August 13).

First of all the lights WILL go out if we rely on wind turbines since we always need fossil powered back-up plants for when the wind does not blow or blows too hard.

On August 3 a record £1.84 million was paid to developers to switch off or slow down their turbines in Scotland because the electricity was not needed.

It is the poor bill payer who foots this bill.

She then says we must tackle climate change but other countries have given up any pretence of reducing emissions but are growing their economies.

Think China, India, Brazil, Indonesia, America and numerous others.

China and India are opening up a new coal-fired plant every day.

Germany is building 25 new coal-fired plants and Europe is the largest importer of cheap coal from America.

The UK’s share of global man-made CO2 is 1.5 per cent and of total CO2 is a minuscule 0.009 per cent. All this shows how puny and inconsequential are the green zealots demands to “save the planet” when-no one else is interested.

Clark Cross, Springfield Road, Linlithgow

Bumper year for the zoo .. and parking

This should be the busiest time of the year for Edinburgh Zoo and taking into account this is its centenary along with the pulling power of the pandas, this year could prove to a bumper one.

This popularity might be reflected by the large number of cars parked perhaps quite dangerously directly outside the zoo.

Corstorphine Road is without a doubt one of the busiest thoroughfares leading into the city centre most of the time, but to have a large number of cars parked on it might just be asking for trouble.

Could it be, though, that for the sake of the revenue the zoo generates, the safety of other road users is being compromised?

I do not think for one minute that Edinburgh is alone in having problems with parking but as long as the number of cars on the road continues to grow, so will the problems with parking and congestion.

Angus McGregor, Albion Road, Edinburgh

Cycle fines would require more staff

So Alison Adamson-Ross thinks cyclists should be subject to on the spot fines (News, August 9).

What does she think about the hordes of pedestrians who disregard the red man or simply jay walk?

The council would have to recruit hundreds more traffic wardens to issue these on the spot fines.

Colin C Maclean, Hillpark Avenue, Edinburgh