LETTERS: Festival fireworks show should return to weekend

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who on earth made the decision to move the end-of-festival firework event to a Monday evening? For a start, this is very family unfriendly and unfortunately my niece and nephew missed out this year as they had school the next day.

Edinburgh council and the organisers should move this event back to a Saturday evening as it once was. This would allow many families to come into the city and watch the display without having to worry about school or work the following day.

The decision to hold it on a Monday must also be bad for local business. If it was held on a Saturday evening I would also be inclined to take my family for a meal before the event or perhaps a few drinks after the event.

I wonder how many people realised it was held on Monday August 31, a week earlier than normal.

If it had not been for reading the Evening News Facebook link I would have assumed that the event would have been the first Sunday evening in September, which has been the case for a few years now, and I would have missed the show.

I would certainly campaign for the event to be moved back to either a Friday or Saturday evening in future years, thus allowing more families to attend.

Mr Alastair Macintyre, Webster Place, Rosyth

‘Sleep out’ helps raise homeless awareness

I shall be joining the Lady Provost, together with other councillors and, I hope, many other people at a ‘sleep out’ on September 24 at the zoo to raise awareness of homelessness in our city.

This ‘sleep out’ is not a token gesture but a measure of feeling that homelessness continually needs to be highlighted and addressed.

I was appalled during the recent Festival, where thousands of pounds were being made and spent, seeing a particular episode. One young lad on the streets asking for money was told by someone in a truly aggressive manner, ‘no chance - get away’.

Okay, there is no compulsion to give to homeless individuals, but to speak to them as sub-humans is to my mind utterly shocking. My Christian faith has always taught me to treat others as you would want to be treated.

As Lady Provost, Elaine Brand (pictured), has said, one night in the cold is nothing compared to the true experience of homelessness on a regular basis. I’m sure most of us would agree with that sentiment.

I very much hope people will give generously to this event which will raise awareness of homelessness and support charities such as Four Square and the Rock Trust.

Cllr Dominic R C Heslop, Conservative, Pentland Hills Ward

Airport flight path tests are a social nuisance

I read with dismay the letter from Mr Macintyre of Rosyth regarding the new flight path tests at Edinburgh airport (News, August 28).

Having stayed weeks at a time and visited people in many places both east and west of North Queensferry in Fife, I have never once noticed anything like the noise from aircraft that residents of many towns in West Lothian are now putting up with during this test period.

As to any residents living close to the airport on well established flight paths, they chose to purchase their house in full knowledge of this and it does not stand comparison with the introduction of new noise to many thousands of people.

There are many examples of the unacceptable problem this has created, such as children and parents being woken at 6.10am on a Sunday morning, and I can only hope that the residents affected in the various towns in the area make their voices heard in complaint.

The attitude displayed in introducing this flight path has been nothing short of disgraceful and inconsiderate.

As to the final point in the letter of Mr Macintyre that people affected can ‘cash in’ by selling their house to aviation enthusiasts, to suggest that the people of Broxburn et al will see the value of their houses rise is laughable.

Why should people have to sell and move their families on? They did not choose to purchase a house under a flight path in the first place.

M Douglas, Springfield Road, Linlithgow

Corstorphine facing long wait for a bypass

Before the Second World War the council thought Corstorphine required a bypass (yes, even then), so a wide piece of land was cleared from Stenhouse to Maybury where it was planned to join a duelled A8 with spur roads to Turnhouse and Barnton.

The war intervened and only the spur roads were built and the A8 was only duelled in parts much later on. I remember the barrier on the Turnhouse Road was closed to cars when aircraft were landing on the old north -south runway.

Prefabs were built at Stenhouse and from time to time tinkers occupied the Bankhead section, the rest was a kids play area, for dog walkers and the occasional fun fair.

Years later a Tory council decided to at last build a road to divert traffic from Corstorphine but a change of council (Labour) cancelled the road - they presumably had other plans.

When the site was cleared years later a guided bus way was built on part of the land but was not a success and now that is the off-road section of the tram line.

That Corstorphine, especially St John’s Road, should have a bypass instead of a tram line is controversial, but we can always blame the war or the Labour council for that, and at least the residents of Stenhouse, Broomhouse and Bankhead have been spared the traffic chaos daily in St John’s Road.

George Ritchie, North Gyle Terrace, Edinburgh