Letters: Is this a city of culture or a stag party magnet?

Charlotte Baptist Chapel, Rose Street. Pic: Kate Chandler
Charlotte Baptist Chapel, Rose Street. Pic: Kate Chandler
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You report an intervention by Councillor Frank Ross in the discussions on licensing policy (News, November 19). Cllr Ross argues that extending the licensing restrictions in certain zones would stop the city’s development of a European-style cafe culture.

I’m sick of hearing this argument parroted by city councillors and officials. It’s just a disguise for allowing more licensed premises. Most parts of Edinburgh don’t have the behaviour and drinking habits to go along with this “cafe culture”.

Torness nuclear power station. Pic: Comp

Torness nuclear power station. Pic: Comp

Its all very well for Councillor Eric Milligan, living in a quiet suburb, to advocate the granting of more licenses, completely ignoring the problems these will cause for the health of many of his fellow citizens, particularly those who live in more central areas. I doubt if his sleep is disturbed by drunken revelry outside his bedroom window, a familiar experience for many of us.

Councillors Milligan, Ross and others of their ilk insist that any reduction in licences will harm the tourist trade and hence the city economy.

Apart from all the medical evidence of the damage caused from the easy access to alcohol, do the councillors never look at tourism websites which frequently have adverse comments from visitors on the ugly late-night atmosphere on the streets of the city?

Do they really feel Edinburgh needs a to be better known as a magnet for stag parties than it is for its history and culture?

Jim Johnson, Kings Stables Road, Edinburgh

Reactor reaction was not based on facts

How idiotic of Green councillor Chas Booth to claim that a problem with cooling water at Torness shows “how unreliable nuclear power is” (Torness hit by second shutdown, News, November 22).

The problem has nothing to do with the reactors; even a coal-fired power station relying on seawater for cooling could suffer the same shut-down.

Steuart Campbell, Dovecot Loan, Edinburgh

Roads department is at war with motorists

Edinburgh City Council’s roads department is waging war against the people of the city. It seems to be determined to prevent cars being used here.

It is now impossible to travel down Lothian Road Southbound and then get to Dean Bridge. Any attempt to get from Melville Street southbound is almost impossible.

It is a fact that all the congestion in Edinburgh and therefore the frustration that sometime spills over into conflict with cyclists has been caused by the roads department putting more and more restrictions in place.

This is adding to the very pollution that they claim to want to reduce. It’s time that the public started rejecting this cynical ideology and put more enlightened people into the council.

Stewart Geddes, Silverknowes, Edinburgh

Pension requirement using crackpot logic

Clark Cross (Letters, November 22) correctly points out that immigration as a means of developing Scotland cannot be sustained if those immigrants eventually have to be paid a retirement pension, which can only be achieved by further immigration, and so on indefinitely. Such an idea is based on the crackpot logic of multi-level marketing and pyramid schemes, and would eventually require everyone in the world to work in Scotland.

Malcolm Parkin, Gamekeepers Road, Kinnesswood, Kinross

Christmas comments worthy of Scrooge

I HAVE to write in to comment on what Essential Edinburgh chief executive Andy Neal said regarding the price of this year’s Christmas attractions (News, November 21).

He says: “There are plenty of other things you can do that aren’t anywhere near as expensive and many of them are free, such as looking and enjoying the atmosphere.”

Is this man joking? What he is saying to all those who cannot afford the ridiculous prices is come along and enjoy yourself by watching those who can afford it having fun. What a patronising and condescending comment to make to the people of Edinburgh. Happy Christmas to you too, Scrooge.

Owain Martin, Falcon Gardens, Edinburgh

Time to squeeze out the hate-mongers

When you land at the airport, the corridor full of hostile, grim warning signs about offences, leading to the immigration check, is morally disturbing and a jolt to the nerves even when you are a British citizen.

It is inhuman imagining what it is like for our visitors. It is a far less “frightening prospect” (Labour and Tory comment, News, November 22) to have a liberal policy and see an illiberal England put up border posts, than to keep the oppressive British border posts we have already.

Instead of chasing after the Common Travel Area at all, a better gain would be for Scotland to have open borders with most of Europe, and to help it isolate and squeeze out of existence the hate-mongering, divisive anti-immigration current in English politics that threatens European friends who found valued roles here after they arrived.

Maurice Frank, Dundas Avenue, South Queensferry

Putting a spoke in Capital cycling plan

I REFER to your article on pedestrians and cyclists sharing the pavement on North St Andrew Street (News, November 22).

With all the discussion recently about the liability of the heavier vehicle how can I identify a cyclist that knocks down a pedestrian and does not stop?

Bruce Collie, Drum Brae Park