I feel I had to write and voice my utter disgust at what has happened to your fine city. I live in the Borders (Denholm, near Hawick) and do not often visit Edinburgh now, but in the past would visit most weekends.
When I was younger, it was a fantastic city and easy to get around in by car. Now as I said, I come from the Borders so hopping on a bus is not the first option. I came in by car and I was heading to Waverley train station to collect my son, who was heading down from Dundee.
Unfortunately he got off at the wrong station – Haymarket – as I found out when he phoned me in a blind panic! I told him: “Don’t panic I will come and get you.” I was aware of the “tram works” as I read the Evening News and often thought that all the bad press was perhaps hyped up!? Well, I asked a very nice policeman at Waverley for directions to Haymarket and he said: “Hmm, that should be a short journey but it will most likely take you around 45 minutes today!”
Oh well, I thought, I have to rescue my son so set off and one hour later I did rescue my son. I drove to Edinburgh in an hour and it took me an hour to get from Waverley station to Haymarket Station! That can’t be right.
Oh and the lines on the roads are worn out for lanes and junctions and yet the city is spending all this money on trams! What good is that to strangers from the Borders who need to get to the city centre? It’s time the city had a reality check on what is important. It is Scotland’s capital city and after all these years and all the bad press I have read, it would appear that everything I have seen is true about these dreaded tram works.
Kevin Currie, The Shambles, Denholm
Claimants don’t all live a life of luxury
It was with dismay and some anger I read that council tenants in Edinburgh are being denied emergency hardship housing benefit payments if they smoke, drink or watch Sky TV (Tenants told to cut luxuries, News, August 24).
It reinforced the belief of Iain Duncan Smith and David Cameron that people on benefits are probably living a luxurious life, that warrants a close examination of their lives, from accommodation to what they may or may not buy.
This equating people on benefits with luxury living is designed to isolate and slander them in the eyes of the general population, thereby enabling authorities to embark on a disgusting intrusion in their lives.
Officials of local authorities who are operating in this way must be firmly put in order by the elected councillors, who indeed must question how and why this is happening, and, where it could lead if unchecked.
A Delahoy, Silverknowes Gardens, Edinburgh
We must not turn the other cheek to Syria
Stop the excuses! Stop looking the other way and please stop pretending that the UN is capable of resolving Syria’s agony.
The pattern of urgent declarations and damn all action while Assad slaughters thousands with impunity is shameful.
Have child torture, refugee cities and massacres become so familiar that seem acceptable now to preserve the Middle East’s “balance of power”?
Brian Devlin, Manse Lane, Galashiels
Bunting will bring Leith crowds back
I WOULD like to thank you for your article on the bunting on Constitution Street (Hang out the bunting, we’ve (almost) finished roadworks, News, August 29).
The article has helped do what the bunting was intended to do, which is draw attention to the fact that Constitution Street is open to traffic again.
Come on down and discover real gems such as the Auguste Pugin-designed St Mary’s Star of the Sea church or the secret garden in the grounds of South Leith Parish Church.
Relax afterwards with some of the gourmet delights available from the Compass, Constitution Bar or Rocksalt Cafe. Find real Leith in the Port o’ Leith pub. Your editorial was right – it is good to know that Constitution Street is open again.
Cllr Gordon Munro, Leith Ward
Phone fears expose problem with society
MY partner and I recently went to a restaurant on Rose Street for a meal and overheard a woman tell her friends that she had to go home because she had forgotten her mobile phone and was worried no-one could contact her.
This is a social problem.
My idea of going out for a meal is to relax, switch off, leave the phone at home and get away from it all. But to some people, we have reached a day and age where ignorance towards the people around you is unfortunately second nature.
Alan Lough, Boroughdales, Dunbar, East Lothian
Plenty of toilets are at your convenience
R PRATT (Letters, August 29) asks if anyone would care to try finding public toilets in Edinburgh so I’d just like to tell him he will find them in the following places: West End of Princes Street, the Mound, St Andrew Square, Tron Square, Castlehill, Middle Meadow Walk, Buccleuch Street, West Tollcross, Morrison Street, Cathedral Lane, Nicolson Square, London Road and Castle Terrace car park. Will that do him?
B King, St Leonard’s Street, Edinburgh