I was so pleased to see your headline “Sorry, we haven’t a clue” in the Evening News (January 27) concerning the bus lane fines being imposed in Edinburgh.
I had the experience of being fined for using a bus lane in London Road, (the very place you took your photograph!) on January 2. I wrote to the council concerning this as I felt it was unfair to be fined for using the lane on a Scottish holiday.
The reply I got was very much to the point – hard luck as public holidays do not count.
As you pointed out in your article, the idea of the cameras was to deter the use of the bus lanes and what Edinburgh City Council is saying is to increase the efficiency of the buses.
Why then do I get fined on a public holiday, especially on January 2, when the bus service is working with a skeleton crew?
What is even more annoying is that all my correspondence is sent to Hellaby in Sheffield. Is there something wrong, with Edinburgh City Council whereby it cannot run an office in Scotland?
David Lamond, Rothesay Place, Edinburgh
Bridge spans proud industrial heritage
We are delighted to see and of course give our full backing to the bid to establish the Forth Bridge as an official Unesco World Heritage Site (News, January 24).
It is the only site chosen from an 11-strong shortlist across the UK – and was considered the most likely to be accepted for an elite list of attractions, which already includes Egypt’s pyramids, the Taj Mahal in India and the Great Wall of China.
The Forth Bridge is an iconic symbol of technical creativity and engineering and next year will celebrate its 125th birthday, being constructed almost half a century before the Saltire Society was formed to act as a strong, independent champion for Scotland’s cultural heritage and creative ambitions. Indeed, the Forth Bridge was jointly awarded the Saltire Society Civil Engineering Award in 2012, which saw the structure fully restored over the previous decade.
As a symbol of Scotland’s industrial and cultural past this was the first major structure in the UK to be built of steel and is a clear opportunity to boost Scotland’s heritage tourism industry.
Inscription as a world heritage site is an important accolade, so achieving this recognition will be tremendous news for Scotland and a fitting tribute to all of the people who have contributed to the building, maintenance and restoration of the bridge, including the 98 men who died building it.
Like the Saltire Society, the bridge not only connects communities in a practical sense, but also connects those who admire Scotland’s proud industrial and cultural heritage.
Jim Tough, executive director, The Saltire Society, High Street, Edinburgh
Impressive work by police after crimes
WITH reference to your recent report regarding the increase in housebreaking in south Edinburgh, I would like to say how impressed I have been by the courtesy, efficiency and care shown to me by police in Edinburgh following a house break-in and the theft of my car.
Within five days the car was traced and the thief detained.
Jane Kean, St Albans Road, Edinburgh
Chance for journalists of tomorrow to shine
In an increasingly complex and fractured digital age, the demand for quality journalism and trusted news brands has never been greater, and the work of Scottish journalists has never reached such wide audiences as it does now.
Future journalists, designers and editors will come from the generation of “digital natives” now growing up in an age of smart phones and superfast broadband.
Like others who went on to successful careers in the media, the journalists of tomorrow are likely to be learning their craft — and how to work as part of a team — on a school publication.
Led by Menzies Distribution and supported by many leading organisations in the media, publishing and education, the imPRESS awards scheme is designed to recognise their efforts.
And in June, the very best of the print and digital productions created in Scottish classrooms will be celebrated at a presentation ceremony in Edinburgh.
Scotland has a long and proud tradition of excellence in journalism and publishing. I have every confidence that it will remain at the forefront of innovation and best practice in a fast-changing media world.
So, I would urge students from all parts of the country to show that the sector will be in good hands by showcasing their work through the awards and entering via http://ImpressScotland.co.uk
John McLellan, director, Scottish Newspaper Society
Peace and prosperity absent in Middle East
seeing as how David Cameron is so hot and bothered about the violence in Syria, perhaps he could have a word with war criminals Tony Blair and George W Bush about that.
The peace and prosperity they wanted to bring to the Middle East has gone down a storm, hasn’t it?
Alan Lough, Boroughdales, Dunbar