Letters: Phantom deserves cheers, unlike the theatre’s chairs

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A VISIT to see the wonderful Phantom of the Opera at the Playhouse was marred by the amount of legroom. Having paid £51 for a seat in the stalls one would expect to watch the show in comfort!

But not so. At only 6ft tall my knees had nowhere to go but press into the seat in front.

I was locked in and at the interval found myself staggering to get out of the seat due to stiffness.

It appears that the Playhouse is cramming in as many people as possible without any thought for a little comfort.

There surely must be a stipulated amount of space that the management must adhere to. It was a great show but I will now be very cautious as to where I sit.

Alistair Croser, Rosebery Avenue, South Queensferry

Stink of rubbish left uncollected

I AM writing to express my outrage at the council’s new bin collections.

I have not had a collection since September 3. Under the new plans by the council my bins should have been collected on September 17. However, they still have not been picked up.

I have called the council three days now to see what’s happening. I was informed that my bin collection date should now be a Friday and they should have been collected last Friday.

A bin lorry drove down my street on Monday this week and didn’t stop. When I called the council they said they would be back to collect them during the day – but they never showed up.

On Tuesday I called them again and I was promised bins would be collected, still sitting there this morning.

So again I called on Wednesday and the person I spoke to said he didn’t know when they’ll be collected and he would try to get back to me. I think this situation is an absolute joke.

The health and safety issue alone is disgusting and the bins are smelling horrific.

Stephen Gray, Trafalgar Lane, Edinburgh

Managers are a complete waste

With the Environmental Services department failing to deliver the service the public are paying for, yet again, is it not time our councillors really started to question the ability of director Mark Turley and his senior management to deliver a proper, efficient and on-budget service to the long-suffering residents of this city?

Whilst not wishing to defend Cllr Hinds on this issue, it has to be said she, like many councillors before, has taken the advice and indeed promises of these council officials as to what the situation is.

The fact Cllr Hinds said all of the backlog would be cleared by Sunday night, is due to the advice she was given by Mr Turley. This is the same council official who presided over a two-year work to rule which cost the city millions. Have we seen any benefit as a result?

It is difficult to understand how the management in this department find it so hard to implement any sort of change to their working methods.

If the workers are uplifting half of what they used to uplift, then surely they have plenty of time to clear the waste on time.

It is not as though the geographical map of the city has changed, the streets are in the same place as they were when it was a weekly collection.

It really is time our councillors started to question whether senior managers are fit for purpose, or if they should be binned.

David Black, Kenmure Avenue, Edinburgh

Battle not fought between nations

I MUST take issue with local historian and author Roy Pugh when he says that Prestonpans was one of the few battles “during the Jacobite Rebellion [of 1745-6] ... that ended in victory for the Scots” (News, September 25).

Victory for the Jacobite army, yes, but the British army was just that – British – with both English and Scottish troops to say nothing of Irishmen and German Hessians.

And at the Battle of Culloden the government forces came up against, among others, the English Jacobites of the Manchester Regiment.

It’s high time we scuppered the misleading notion that the Jacobite rebellions of 1715 and 1745 were “the Scots against the English”. After Culloden, many Scottish town councils, wrote thank-you letters to their hero the Duke of Cumberland for saving them from the Jacobite menace.

Harry D Watson, Braehead Grove, Edinburgh