Letters: Police time’s wasted on patrolling speed zones

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I have concerns with proposals to enforce 20mph zones in Edinburgh with speed guns (‘Police target speeders in 20mph zones’, News May 23).

First, at a time when many local police stations have been closed and cuts backs have been made to the Police Scotland services, where exactly are all the officers going to come from to enforce this? Is there going to be a policeman on every street corner of Edinburgh?

I certainly don’t mind 20mph zones being enforced in areas where there might be a number of children going about, such as outside the local school, but as a general thing I have to question if it is a good use of police resources.

When it comes to policing I would rather the police concentrate on violent crime such as murders, rapes, child molesting and knife crime. I see these as far more high priority issues than the policing of 20mph zones.

Who exactly is this 20mph crackdown going to target?

I think the police really have to be careful with what they are doing here. If there are real problem areas, I have no issue, but if it is a general thing to rake in more cash from the motorist then they risk alienating the motoring public and should not be surprised when they refuse to help them with more serious inquiries.

Mr Alastair Macintyre, Webster Place, Rosyth, Fife

Newhaven - bin there, not emptied that

This bin is at Newhaven Harbour. It hasn’t been emptied for weeks and bears the inscription “Make our city EDENburgh” – rather ironic, don’t you think?.

The visitors who came ashore from the Queen Victoria a week ago had to walk right past this prize feature which must have given them a fine impression of our “Inspiring Capital”. This situation is not only unsightly but is now a health hazard – the contents are scattered far and wide by gulls and foxes, and what will be next, rats, 
perhaps?

Although this is the worst, all the bins round the harbour are currently filled to capacity and spilling over on to the verges and kerb sides.

Sadly this is an example of the downgrading of our city’s infrastructure which includes road surfaces which would shame the poorest of countries, and dangerous walls in city schools.

Why has this happened – could it be because all our money has been spent on a certain megalomaniac folly?

Evan Simpson FRSE, Newhaven

English interests dominate Westminster

In reply to Willie Thomson (Letters, June 3), the parliament at Westminster is dominated by one country. It is not like the American Senate where every state has the same number of Senators regardless of population.

Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have a total of 117 MPs while England has 533 and, far from being for the common good, would appear that everything is stacked in England’s favour.

Also, there was no reason whatsoever for King James VI to rule from London. He could easily have stayed in Edinburgh but England made it clear that they would not tolerate a King who lived in another country.

He was also seduced by the English court, which was glamorous compared to the down-to-earth Scottish court. He had delusions of grandeur, believing in the divine right of kings, which England believed in but was alien to Scottish thinking.

Charmaine Lamont, Magdalene Avenue, Edinburgh

On the road to ruin visiting Edinburgh

I recently visited the city of my childhood and was further appalled at the state of the roads. Despite weaving all over the road in an attempt to avoid pot-holes and deformed sections, hardly a second went by that the suspension on my car did not complain with creaks, groans, bangs and crunches.

A particularly bad section was in Cowgate. I shall make a point of avoiding that road in future. That Scotland’s capital city and premier tourist location has such lousy roads is a national disgrace.

When you consider that about £70bn is extorted from UK motorists, you start to get an understanding of the extent to which they are being fleeced.

I am sure the council will complain that the £70bn goes to the Government while the roads are paid for by the council. Such arguments are of no interest to those of us who are obliged to pay and suffer the damage to our vehicles. Perhaps the councils should be encouraging widespread protests against this outrage.

On a visit last year one of the tyres on my car was damaged by a pot-hole. I claimed the repair cost and expenses from the council.

I was obliged to pursue my claim via the Sheriff Court, so you must be sure to gather evidence and be persistent, but it is worth it. If everyone were to do the same whenever they can, perhaps the roads would be improved.

I must own up, though, to a slight ly more positive note. I noticed that the patches on top of the older, poorer repairs seem to be of somewhat higher quality material.

Perhaps, if the higher quality patches all join up, the overall quality of the road will be raised. Or perhaps I am being too optimistic.

Aitken Brotherston, Lymm, Cheshire