Letters: Heavy rainfall shows up poor road maintenance

Picture: Carol Phillips
Picture: Carol Phillips
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The torrential rain at the weekend has highlighted how poorly repaired our city’s roads are. On Sunday I was confronted with two enormous puddles on Craigleith Road which were big enough to attract ducks.

I expect part of the problem was blocked drains but there were also huge divets in the road which made the problem a lot worse.

I have since been told of similar enormous puddles elsewhere in the city and it made me wonder, when is the council going to begin its road resurfacing plan? I’m certain that I read in the pages of this paper that instead of botched repairs which collapse within weeks the city was planning to resurface entire lengths of poorly maintained roads in order to give them a new lease of life.

I do hope this plan is still going ahead and that after that our blocked drains can be looked at too!

G Fraser, Stockbridge, Edinburgh

We’ll reap rewards if we persist with tram

In response to the article from Cameron Rose (News, May 28, “Let’s hold off on trams going south just now”), I think it is great to see the trams finally on Edinburgh’s streets. With the tram, Edinburgh is staking its claim to be a world-class 21st century city.

It is easy to recite a litany of costs and challenges; perhaps harder to see that this could be a game-changing moment, but only if the council and business and other stakeholders choose to capitalise on it. The big question is how quickly and boldly we move to expanding the network.

This may be held back by the fear factor, as those who have already suffered the effects of construction work contemplate the prospect of more disruption. However, stopping here would mean foregoing the gains that should be the prize from the pain of recent years; increased property prices and transport options, and far more flexibility to regenerate areas where development has stalled.

Cities know that networks, not single lines, are the answer – just look at Dublin, which has kept going with its tram expansion despite the huge financial challenges faced by Ireland.

Winning cities will be those which show determination and persistence to see the vision through.

Nathan Goode, Head of Energy, Cleantech & Sustainability Grant Thornton UK LLP, Exchange Crescent, Edinburgh

Enforcing 20mph zones is waste of resources

I have concerns with proposals to enforce 20mph zones in Edinburgh with speed guns (“Police target speeders in 20mph zones”, News, May 23).

Firstly, at a time when many police stations have been closed and cuts backs have been made to Police Scotland services where exactly are all the officers going to come from to enforce this? I don’t mind 20mph zones being enforced in areas where there might be children going about but as a general thing I have to question if it is a good use of police resources?

I would rather the police concentrated on violent crime such as murderers, rapists/child molesters, knife crime. I see these as far more high priority issues.

Who exactly is this 20mph crackdown going to target? Is it just the motorist or will it be used against all forms of transport, including cyclists?

Mr Alastair Macintyre, Webster Place, Rosyth, Fife

‘Wha’s like us’ attitude needs to be challenged

One of the many myths presented by the SNP-led Yes campaign is that the people of Scotland should vote for independence because we are different politically, culturally and embrace different values from our friends and family south of the Border.

What they actually mean (but do not say implicitly) is that Scots are in some way better and have more progressive views than the peoples of England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

This is blatant nationalist nonsense and the height of SNP arrogance. This “wha’s like us” attitude needs to be challenged and I find it extremely offensive that Alex Salmond and his supporters portray Scottish society as somehow morally superior. I think the facts speak for themselves – sad to say but 28 per cent of those who voted in the European election in Scotland, voted for right-wing parties.

As a socialist I find I have more in common culturally, politically and socially with working class people in Tyneside, Merseyside and indeed London, than I have with many of my compatriots.

I hope that people will see through, and reject this narrow nationalist argument.

Norman Murray, Clayknowes Drive, Musselburgh

Broader pavements not necessary in Leith

We do not need broader pavements on Leith Walk. I go there every day and I have never bumped into anyone. Also, the pavements on the right side going down were replaced not long ago and they are a disgrace, it’s easy to trip on them.

Trust Ms Hinds to spend our money without a brain in her head. Also it would be hard to drive in the city at 20mph, never mind speeding. I wish Ms Hinds would retire.

A Forrest, Edinburgh

Cyclist who jumped red light is danger to others

I was waiting for the lights to change at the junction of Infirmary Street and South Bridge, the lights changed to red and the pedestrian light came on.

We all started to cross the road from both sides (traffic had stopped) when all of a sudden a cyclist came down and went through the red light. I was almost knocked down but worse there was a lady with a pram crossing. So much for the law abiding cyclists.

Will Spokes please reply to this letter?

Willie Robb, University Of Edinburgh, Edinburgh