Letters: Pavement parking makes life hard for disabled

Pedestrians can be forced into the road by obstructions. Picture: Emma Mitchell
Pedestrians can be forced into the road by obstructions. Picture: Emma Mitchell
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I AM writing to raise awareness of the dangers of cars being parked on pavements.

My mum was registered blind and became increasingly unable to leave the house for fear of encountering obstruction on the footpath and being forced onto the roadway.

I don’t think people are aware just how much this affects others and they don’t realise how thoughtless they are being.

Cars that are parked irresponsibly on pavements can cause a potentially dangerous obstruction for pedestrians as it can force them onto the road and into the path of vehicles.

New research by YouGov has shown that three quarters (74%) of people are affected by vehicles parked on the pavement. Some groups – including people living with sight loss, older people or those with buggies – are at greater risk. And 91% of respondents living with sight loss who responded to a Guide Dogs survey said that parked cars on the pavement regularly obstruct them.

You can see how dangerous pavement parking can be in real-life video footage, filmed from a guide dog’s view, of a guide dog and their owner having to go out into the road to get around a car at www.youtube.com/watch?v=oMQt-cfEFsg

I am urging the public to ensure they don’t park on the pavement.

Rosemary Jones and Linda Welsh, Edinburgh

Edinburgh Airport needs major overhaul

Regarding Alastair Macintyre’s letter ‘Is Edinburgh Airport up to the job in modern age?’ (News, June 26).

As an expatriate Scot resident in the Far East for over 40 years, I fully endorse Mr Macintyre’s views.

My wife and I flew into Edinburgh from Hong Kong via Amsterdam on June 23 and were appalled that the walkway from the aircraft to baggage reclaim was litter-strewn, while the carpeting and furnishings were badly worn. Also, no hot water for hand washing in the toilets. A very poor introduction to Edinburgh.

Edinburgh Airport is indeed a very third world, down-at-heel airport and needs a complete rebuild, or even better, replace both Edinburgh and Glasgow Airports with a single 21st century airport with fast (and affordable) communications to central Scotland and beyond.

Scotland should realise that airports in the rest of the world have moved on, as mentioned by Mr Macintyre.

Douglas Miller, Abbotsford Court, Edinburghh

The hidden costs of babies ashes scandal

No one will grudge the parents in the babies’ ashes scandal their financial settlements.

Of course, what adds greatly to the overall cost of such settlements are usually the lawyers’ bills which the party settling cases like these - here, no doubt, the council - invariably foots.

Gus Logan, York Road, North Berwick

Green belt confusion still reigns in Capital

While grateful to Alex Orr (Letters, June 26) for trying to clarify the points in my letter (News, 24 June) I fear that in his usual eagerness to defend the current Scottish Government he has missed it entirely.

I was seeking clarification of the Scottish Government’s policy on green belt developments, its policy of building 32,000 new homes in Edinburgh and the resultant Local Development Plan (LDP). Despite Alex’s best efforts I am still none the wiser. In particular I queried the proposed development of 600-650 new homes on fields on the edge of Gilmerton Station Road and the overall erosion of green belt land in the south of Edinburgh.

To my knowledge only the Edinburgh South MP, whose constituency it is in, has been publicly vocal on this. After reading Alex’s letter I consulted one MSP’s facebook page and another’s web page again but could find no mention of either the development on Gilmerton Station Road or of LDP. I accept that I may have exhausted the will to live too soon when giving up in my search or that the politicians in question prefer to adopt a more modest approach to this.

However, overturned refusals of planning permissions in more working class areas, such as Gilmerton Station Road and Edmonstone Estate in Little France, while more affluent areas have refusals upheld, will naturally raise questions of that favorite SNP word ‘fairness’.

Paul Lewis, Guardwell Crescent, Edinburgh

Dogs and cattle do not mix in countryside

Your headline ‘Killer cows’ (News, June 25) is misleading. Anyone, who knows anything about the countryside, knows that taking dogs into a field where cattle are grazing is foolish, and that taking dogs into a field in which cows with calves are grazing, is putting your life in extreme danger.

Cows with calves are potentially much more dangerous than bulls.

Moreover, England sensibly still has a law of trespass. Therefore, unless there is a right of way in the field, Mr Porter should, possibly, not have been in the field.

Mr Porter’s death is tragic, of course, but any attempt to blame the farmer would be absurd. There is no such thing as a herd of ‘killer cows’.

A A Miller, Clackmae Road, Edinburgh

Keep taking the medicine

According to a major new research study eating a chocolate bar a day could slash the risk of a stroke or heart disease. Can I get this on prescription?

Clark Cross, Springfield Road, Linlithgow