Letters: City recycling facilities are a load of rubbish

Red recycling box. Pic: Comp
Red recycling box. Pic: Comp
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As a fairly enthusiastic supporter of the collection of recyclable waste, I would like to comment on the pitiful storage the council has provided for this.

Plastic waste – the weak bag provided for this has long since disintegrated and we use a collection of baskets and storage bins which continually overflow.

Nursery children. Pic: comp

Nursery children. Pic: comp

Metal/glass – the box provided for this has deteriorated to the point of being near useless after continued outdoor use. We could recycle more cans if adequate facilities were provided. The blue bags for paper are semi-adequate, except on windy days.

Is it not time for the council to provide adequate storage in the form of additional wheelie bins to those committed to this programme?

This is common in many other council areas and must represent a saving, over time, and promote recovery.

Mike Watson, Duddingston Row, Edinburgh

Energy giant’s price rises are shameless

It’s shameful that energy giant SSE is to increase its gas and electricity prices by an average of 8.2 per cent. This is shocking and grossly wrong.

No doubt other energy companies will follow suit and raise their prices at a time when winter is almost upon us – when we need to use our heating the most.

Fuel poverty is a serious issue for most of us and my heart bleeds for our poor pensioners who suffer the most because they don’t have enough money to pay for their energy bills on the paltry state pension they receive.

I don’t know how these energy firms can be so heartless as to put up their prices at a time when we have to use our heating the most.

June Fleming, Hercus Loan, Musselburgh

Working to see reforms through

LAST week we were encouraged to hear the Scottish Government now has plans in place to increase the number of medicines being approved, by placing more importance on treatments intended for end of life.

This announcement gives us hope that in future women with metastatic breast cancer will get more treatment options than the very limited range they have at present.

A timely reminder of the need for reform came when we saw a highly effective medicine for women with secondary (metastatic) breast cancer rejected by the Scottish Medicines Consortium.

This medicine offered good quality extra months of life which we know is so important for women at this stage of their diagnosis. We will now be working hard to ensure these reforms are carried out in full and to the benefit of women with breast cancer.

James Jopling, director for Scotland, Breakthrough Breast Cancer, Thistle Street, Edinburgh

Edinburgh’s children deserve much better

I AM really upset to read about High School Yards nursery being given a poor report by inspectors visiting it last month (Parents slate nursery after inspectors label it ‘weak’, News, September 10).

Apparently it was graded “weak” across the board and among other things was found to have broken toys, unsuitable dressing-up clothes and glass objects in the babies’ play baskets. This is a sad report from a school which was a centre of excellence and one of which the city was very proud.

As part of a campaign to keep High School Yards as a council-owned nursery, I spoke out against the closure with many other people, including parents.

It was a particularly good nursery school with excellent provision for the children and a high standard of education and care. The parents from a mixed socio-economic group found themselves made welcome and supported in their parenting by the staff who maintained a high level of concern for the families as well as excellent play facilities, using which the children could develop and grow.

It is such a shame that the council was unable to keep it open and keep the high standard of skill and expertise in that staff team.

Surely it would have been possible to find another way to keep it open. Perhaps it could have become an early years centre like the excellent one in North Fort Street in Leith.

The investment in the early education of our children is so important and now we find a private company making a mess of what is a very skilled operation.

How many times do we need to tell our politicians and policymakers that early years is an important investment in our children’s future?

To close schools like this and put a vanity project such as Edinburgh’s trams (which we certainly do not need) ahead of High School Yards makes a mockery of the proud tradition of nursery education which has existed in this city for 100 years.

Wake up Edinburgh, our children need the best, not the worst in early years education.

Maria Small, retired nursery teacher, Dalhousie Terrace, Edinburgh

Heaven knows why they believe in this

Andrew Hiddlestone’s letter (October 11) is a throwback to a more credulous era.

Belief in the divinity and inerrancy of the Bible and in Christ as a saviour god has declined and is now held by a minority, even among Christians.

Christians do not “know” that they will live again in Heaven; it is just their hope. Moreover it is a forlorn hope; Heaven does not exist and there is no afterlife.

As this is the only life we will have, we need to make the best of it, not wasting time on superstitious beliefs. Humanist funerals celebrate that.

Steuart Campbell, Dovecot Loan, Edinburgh