Letters: Walk along the Royal Mile reveals it’s going downhill

What is seen by some as a welcome splash of colour on the Mile is considered tatty by others
What is seen by some as a welcome splash of colour on the Mile is considered tatty by others
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HAVING read that an international culture summit is to be held in the city next month (News, July 7), I wonder if we may dare to hope that this will bring about some change in the sad demise of the Royal Mile.

As someone who very recently made the mistake of taking visitors for a walk down the Royal Mile only to discover that it has been allowed to degenerate into a dreadful, shabby bazaar of tartan tat, dreary T-shirts and even some kind of foreign ceremonial swords, I think Edinburgh is in dire need of a cultural health check.

Not only is the Royal Mile an important link with our national heritage, it has, or had, wonderful architectural gems that used to be obvious to even the most casual of observers. But who can see any of our history there now?

It would be very good if Edinburgh City Council, the Chamber of Commerce, Historic Scotland or even Mr Smiley Salmond and his separatist party would have a look at how our culture is being devalued and shamed all the way down the Royal Mile.

Rhum G Walker, Cardrona Mews, Innerleithen

Climate change science is flawed

Martin Hannan makes some valid points about our response to poor weather – but his comments on climate change are wide of the mark on almost every front (News, July 10).

First, what we have 
experienced is not exactly what was predicted. The predicted global warming has not materialised – global temperatures have not significantly increased for the last 12 years and more. On a local scale the Met Office issued their rainfall outlook for April-June in the following terms: “slightly favours drier than average April-May-June conditions as a whole”. In the event rainfall averaged 112.9mm compared with the 30-year monthly average of 69.5mm.

Nor is the rainfall unprecedented. Whilst the Met Office stated it was the wettest June since 1910, they have on record a wetter June in 1860. And Scotland has had seven wetter Junes since 1910.

And Martin’s claim of a decreasing band who believe man has nothing to do with climate change is not validated by recent polls – though I appreciate that the truth about man-made climate change is settled neither by opinion poll nor Martin Hannan.

But I am convinced that the so called scientific evidence, on which we have based a whole swathe of government regulation and global angst is deeply flawed. The growing evidence is there for those who care to investigate.

I don’t know what the climate will be like in the future or what the precise influence is (if any) of mankind.

Cllr Cameron Rose, City Chambers, Edinburgh

Cutting up rough with golf remarks

Donald Trump has flown in to open his world class golf course near Aberdeen.

Always one to seek the limelight and criticise Mr Trump, Patrick Harvie MSP has this time gone too far.

In an astonishing tirade against Mr Trump he said: “A real sign of how progressive Scotland can be would be for the government to tell this guy precisely where he can stick his nine iron.”

He talks about “little attention was paid to the impact on the community”.

Can I remind Mr Harvie of the impact his beloved, but useless, wind turbines have had in ruining the lives of numerous communities?

Clark Cross, Springfield Road, Linlithgow

Hazards of our throwaway ways

I AM a pensioner living in the Moredun area and have come to the conclusion that we live in a “throwaway” society.

Even our council workers cutting the grass leave their cuttings on pavements and public pathways. This is extremely dangerous when wet and could lead to someone having a serious accident should they slip.

There is a public park behind my house which leads to Goodtrees Neighbourhood Centre. The pathways leading to the centre are covered in grass. This has been going on for years.

Why doesn’t the once proud Edinburgh City Council, to whom we pay council tax, send out some officials to look at the situation and get something done?

William Rodger, Blackburn Crag, Edinburgh