LETTERS: Environment is key to Green city housing plans

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Jestyn Davies of Murray Estates misrepresents my views on his so-called ‘garden district’ (News, September 28). He says I am opposed to new family homes,
 when in my recent Evening News opinion piece I stated quite clearly we need good quality, affordable homes.

He says I appear to advocate building houses outside Edinburgh, when I stated quite clearly that there are 2000 empty homes in Edinburgh and a number of communities in the city that need regeneration, along with significant areas of brownfield, which can be built on if only developers would stop hoarding the land.

Mr Davies also implies that the Greens support a City Region Deal that assists with his proposed suburban housing development.

In fact, Greens from all six local authority areas involved in the deal have made clear that the kind of city deal we want to see is low-carbon, decentralised and with high priority given to public transport and active travel.

I appreciate that Murray Estates’ priority is to make a handsome profit, but that shouldn’t be what drives the development of our city.

Alison Johnstone, Scottish Green MSP for Lothian, The Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh

Time is running out on objections to RHS plan

Much has been written in The Evening News concerning public opinion on various topics such as trams, St James Centre, Caltongate and Haymarket, to name but a few.

Now we have the current planning application to convert The Royal High School into a luxury hotel.

The general swell of public opinion would appear to be against this proposal. However, public opinion will have no bearing on the outcome of this application unless channelled by way of formal objection.

My point is, doing nothing now and complaining later will prove irrelevant. I would urge anyone who feels the plans are detrimental to Calton Hill and surrounding area and Edinburgh’s status as a World Heritage Site to make a formal objection by October 2.

This can be achieved by recording your ‘OBJECTION’ by e-mail to Euan.McMeeken@edinburgh.gov.uk quoting reference No.15/03989FUL 15/03990/LBC.

Another luxury hotel would be used little by the citizens of Edinburgh. Should this application be refused the building would not be left redundant, as an alternative option is in place and funded.

St Mary’s Music School would occupy the site and propose making available space for public events in addition to their own requirements. Apathy could scupper this enlightened project. Please act now.

David Campbell, Saughton Grove, Edinburgh.

Council has abandoned its duty to Niddrie

On January 16 this year four of our members had a site meeting with two council officials from the East Edinburgh Neighbourhood office where we raised our serious concerns about the following road safety hazards

1. There are no signs at the entrance to Moffat Way to indicate motorists are entering a school campus and Home Zone.

2. National guidelines suggest Home Zones should be clearly marked with a recommended speed limit of 15mph.

3. At the pedestrian gate to St Francis School, which is also used by many Niddrie Mill school pupils, there are no bollards to prevent motorists driving right up to the gates which happens regularly.

4. Moffat Way is heavily used for residents’ car parking and school drop-offs create congestion and hazards for young children.

5. There is no proper pedestrian entrance from Wauchope Road into the school, just slabs of tar left over from the construction work.

6. On Moffat Way, nearer the main school entrance, cars park on what should be a pedestrian walkway.

7. The Niddrie Mill school gate entrance is adjacent to a very narrow road which has no designated pavement for pedestrians, causing hazards for young children.

8. Another principal pedestrian entrance to the school campus is at Cakemuir Gardens and Collier Place. There is a small Home Zone sign but no information about what that means, nor a speed limit. There is a desperate need for a dedicated pedestrian pavement in these two streets.

9. Another principal pedestrian entrance to the school is from Hay Gardens, up an incline which is not cleared of snow and ice, making it hazardous and treacherous for young children to walk on.

We asked the council officials to recognise these dangerous hazards. Nine months later no action has been taken on any of our concerns. Why do the City of Edinburgh Council officials neglect Niddrie in such a disgraceful manner?

Lyndsay Martin, secretary, Niddrie Independent Parents Support, Niddrie Marischal Crescent, Edinburgh

Celebrating Older People’s Day

This Thursday (October 1) is Older People’s Day and we’d like to take this opportunity to thank all the inspirational older people Royal Voluntary Service works with across Scotland.

Older people make a huge contribution to society and are the social glue of many communities. More than 66 per cent of our volunteers are over 60 themselves and we could not provide the support we do without their help.

We have so much to learn from our volunteers as our recent event GrandFest proved, where older people ran master classes teaching heritage craft skills and generously shared their decades of experience.

There is much to celebrate today.

Margaret Paterson,Director, Scotland, Royal Voluntary Service