Letters: Look round and roll Ferris wheel towards Portobello

An artist's impression of the big wheel on Princes Street
An artist's impression of the big wheel on Princes Street
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WHY do we need a Ferris wheel sited in Princes Street Gardens, or in the city centre at all (News, February 6)? Why not site it at Portobello, which is a seaside resort and would be the ideal place for such an attraction.

It is the perfect location for a panoramic view of the Fife coast, the two bridges and Edinburgh.

Let’s protect Edinburgh’s pride and joy, Princes Street Gardens.

Edinburgh’s green is already under threat because of the incursion of housing developments and the end result could be the city losing most of what’s left of her beauty spots.

Chas Dennis, Niddrie Marischal Road, Edinburgh

Sensible Sillars sinks Salmond

IT is heartening to read Jim Sillars writing such good sense on the whole climate con (Evening News, February 8).

It is especially encouraging as he is a man of the left, and thus his opinions will hopefully carry weight in SNP and Labour Party circles.

Mr Sillars looks at each part of this disaster in turn: the dodgy science, the thick political leaders, the public bodies and NGOs with a vested interest in promoting this nonsense and the businesses and landowners feeding at our expense.

The only thing he doesn’t mention is the fact that our children are being taught this global warming fantasy in school.

How long do we have to wait for Sillars’ sense to sink in to Alex Salmond’s skull?

Otto Inglis, Inveralmond Grove, Edinburgh

Supermarkets are tearing heart out

I REFER to the articles on the arrival of Sainsbury’s in Bruntsfield. I fear this will be the beginning of Bruntsfield becoming, instead of one of the most interesting shopping areas of Edinburgh, devoid of local character.

I can see the change already appearing, Tesco having already arrived.

Jim Bishop’s, of Sainsbury’s, claim that the shop would “complement what is already a high-quality shopping area” is pure propaganda.

One just has to observe, for example, what a shopping desert Corstorphine has become, through the impact of superstores in the vicinity.

I regret that there are not powers to put social and neighbourly interests before the greed of the multinational firms.

Hamish A N McKenzie, Bruntsfield Terrace, Edinburgh

BBC has dropped political football

I WATCHED David Cameron wax lyrical on the BBC as to why Fabio Capello was wrong to object to the removal of John Terry as England captain.

And yet Alex Salmond was not allowed by the BBC to comment on the recent Calcutta Cup match.

One of the reasons given was the proximity of local government elections in Scotland.

This is clearly a case of complete double standards and hypocrisy by the BBC.

Alex Orr, Leamington Terrace, Edinburgh