Letters: Ground development debate is not Academical

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There has been a lot of hype lately from the Edinburgh Academicals Club regarding their proposed development at Raeburn Place.

It must be said that there is still massive opposition among the local community towards this build - 3369 of them originally objected and 92 per cent of all letters relating to this project in phase two were opposed to the development.

The path ahead is by no means straightforward for the developer and they still have a lot of hurdles to overcome. There are serious questions over funding and final planning consent has not yet been granted and is not likely to be for some time yet, if ever.

Save Stockbridge has always contested this development. Provisional planning consent was granted last July, but this group have continued to fight and are still quite determined to prevent this build.

There is no certainty at this stage that the development will go ahead and the Edinburgh Academicals Club, though enthusiastic over their project, should not yet be counting their chickens.

The club are a formidable group. We want to see them remain in Stockbridge/Comely Bank in perpetuity and may they tutor rugby for a long time yet, but what they want to do to Raeburn Place is quite inexplicable.

The first international game Scotland versus England was played there in 1871, but that pitch, which should be a major part of any proposed museum, allegedly is to be lost to the development, so there goes a major part of the club’s history.

Why doesn’t the Academicals Club propose a smaller and affordable development in Portgower Place which would meet their needs and also be compatible with the area?

Bruce Thompson, Chair, Save Stockbridge, Comely Bank Place

Keep independence debate civilised

It was predictable that the last few months leading to the referendum was going to create divisions in the country but I was appalled at the language used by your columnist Martin Hannan (News, April 8). He really did plumb the depths when referring to Westminster as a ‘cesspit’ and the ‘idiots’ in it.

He showed such hatred. This face of nationalism is very worrying and indeed, dangerous, if many feel as he does. Do we really want that for Scotland?

Scottish people did not ask for this animosity that is developing and dividing friends and indeed families. We were not clamouring for independence - we are being bribed into this tremendous gamble.

Joan Wightnam, Kingsknowe Road South, Edinburgh

Scotland will lose out in energy balancing act

The UK Energy Secretary Ed Davey has at long last pointed out that Scottish consumers would see their energy bills rocket if Scotland votes ‘Yes’.

The reason is clear but has been deliberately ignored by the SNP Government and their green allies.

Scotland receives 28 per cent of the total of the UK-wide support (subsidies) for ‘renewable’ generators but only accounts for ten per cent of electricity sales.

A ‘Yes’ vote would add £1.8 billion to Scottish energy bills.

Alex Salmond loves to state that England needs Scottish electricity to keep English lights on but in 2012 only 4 per cent of English energy consumption was imported from Scotland.

The SNP ignore reality and the fact that there is already an infrastructure in place, which means that England and Wales are already better connected with Europe than with Scotland and are at present getting cheaper electricity from France, Ireland and the Netherlands.

For First Minister Salmond to say to the Americans, “Our energy resources can power much of Europe and our energy innovation can power the world” is sadly delusional.

Clark Cross, Springfield Road, Linlithgow

Boycott firms that target the disabled

I was disgusted to hear about a young girl with a form of autism being thrown out of a KFC branch in Edinburgh, (‘Finger Lickin Rude’, News April 10).

It is about time laws were brought in to protect those with disabilities and/or mental health issues.

If it had been a black person or a Muslim who had been thrown out of the restaurant there would have been uproar and people would be on the way to jail, but when it comes to people with disabilities I seem to read similar stories to this in the papers and on the internet every day.

Some of the media is guilty of disabled bashing, and headlines such as ‘workshy’, ‘scroungers’ and ‘lazy’, along with many other derogatory terms certainly do not help disabled people.

I would call on the public to boycott companies and services which discriminate against those with disabilities and mental health issues and treat them with contempt.

Alastair Macintyre, Webster Place, Rosyth

Altogether now, let’s not blow up Glasgow

LULU had a famous Eurovision Song Contest entry in 1969. And it goes ...

Boom bang a bang, boom bang a bang

Red Road’s comin’ down!

Boom bang a bang, boom bang a bang

Disgrace to the town!

Fireworks they’re not, it’s the road to perdition

Let’s stop this rot and all sign the petition!

Janet Brunton, by e-mail