Letters: Planners show double standards in decisions

Site of an old petrol station at Kew Terrace. Pic: comp
Site of an old petrol station at Kew Terrace. Pic: comp
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Once again our planning people have ignored public opinion (Eyesore revamp thrown out, News, September 16). They rejected a combined housing and shopping complex near Haymarket as an “unfortunate hybrid” in defiance of local support.

They advised councillors to reject the design because it failed to reflect the style of existing properties. They said the retail element would steal trade from the local shops.

Bowling. Pic: comp

Bowling. Pic: comp

Also, the scheme lacked suitable car parking and would be detrimental to road safety.

Strangely enough, these are some of the many reasons the vast majority of Stockbridge folk are so strongly opposed to the Edinburgh Accies hybrid shopping, drinking and stadium building.

However, city planners found the Accies’ proposal “attractive” and on that basis recommended it.

Maybe Planning and Building Standards should be renamed Planning and Double Standards.

Alan Murphy, Learmonth Grove, Edinburgh

Excuse me for having doubts over trams

I ALMOST laughed out aloud on reading your front page story “Tram-tastic” (News, September 17).

Please forgive a rather cynical old man, it’s just that I appear to have read similar headlines before – false dawns, jam tomorrow and so on.

Cllr Hinds has tried to pull the wool over our eyes, to convince us with the new timetable – roadwork-free in five weeks, trams in Princes Street by Christmas. (I take it that she is referring to Christmas 2016). That’s what I call salesmanship.

Are the long-suffering, tax-paying citizens of our fair city being asked to look on this total disaster of a mismanaged, expensive fiasco as an outstanding success story? Or am I perhaps going crazy in my old age?

Ed Crook, Edinburgh

City could be one of the best

Your article on the effect that independence will have on Edinburgh makes interesting reading (News, September 17).

By emerging from the shadows, an invigorated Scotland could become a tourist magnet and as your expert points out, we already have the infrastructure to cope.

We will also be the natural home for international companies and countries who want a Scottish headquarters or embassy.

As you also point out we will need new ministries to take on the role currently carried out by Westminster, which we already pay for in taxes. This will mean a jobs boom in the public as well as private sector. One spin-off not mentioned in your article is that the number of jobs created would mean rising wage levels, and we would finally move away from the low pay culture which has come to symbolise British life.

Reading your article even those sceptical to independence must surely conclude that within a few years Edinburgh could be regarded as one of the truly great cities of Europe after a Yes vote next year.

Gavin Fleming, Websters Land, Grassmarket, Edinburgh

Bowling body needs to find the right line

I WOULD like to comment on the letter regarding lawn bowls from Ann Henderson (News, September 17).

Lawn bowls has been in decline for some years, and while I agree that the closure of Portobello Indoor Bowls Centre is a blow, the blame for the decline must lie with bowlers and Bowls Scotland.

The governing body is doing nothing to promote the game to younger players. Mention bowls to most people and they automatically think of older people in blazers festooned with badges heading for “the club”.

Bowls has moved on from this image. We now wear club polo shirts, and bowls are now available in different colours, but Bowls Scotland does not appear to be promoting our game.

Lawn bowls is a sport that Scotland excels in. We have excellent ambassadors in Alec Marshall, Paul Foster and David Peacock, all champions of the game, but how many non-bowlers could name them? Bowls will feature in next year’s Commonwealth Games, but how many times has it been included in the advertising for this event?

For the game to flourish again, it must be publicised and promoted in order to attract new players. This has to start with Bowls Scotland shrugging off the old image, and coming up with plans to make our game more appealing to prospective players.

Perhaps the ruling body needs some of the younger bowlers in their midst, and other countries are managing to bring young players into the game. Australia is a prime example of this. If they can do it, why can’t we?

Bill Whyte, Piersfield Grove, Edinburgh (member, London Road Foundry Bowling Club)

First-class care from all at the Western

I WOULD like to say a big thank you to all the staff at the Western General Hospital from September 9 to 11, from my first contact with the lovely receptionist to all the staff through all the departments and in ward 25.

Everyone was so kind and thoughtful to myself and my daughter as they tried to find out why I was in so much pain.

Although my stay was a short one, everyone did their best to reassure me that everything would be OK.

All that I can say is a huge “well done” to everyone and keep up the 1st class service that you provide to all patients and relatives.

Mrs C Baxter, Wester Drylaw Drive

Princes Street empty shops are a disgrace

It’s a disgrace to see the permanent empty shop units in the Princes Street area of the city. Why hasn’t someone leased them? This must be putting a dent in our economy.

Jean Logan, Edinburgh