Letters: Wardens were alive after five in festive free-for-all

COSTLY: Not all parking attendants clocked off at 5pm
COSTLY: Not all parking attendants clocked off at 5pm
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I am not in the centre of Edinburgh that often. However, in the run-up to Christmas I heard about the ‘Alive after Five’ marketing campaign for free city centre parking.

I arrived at the top space in Dublin Street one day at 5.35pm, at the junction with Queen street. Excellent – free parking, nice and handy for my Christmas shopping along Princes Street, I thought.

But when I returned an hour later, having supported Princes Street in its quest to retain business, I found a parking ticket on my windscreen.

After much searching on the internet I discovered that Dublin Street is not classed as city centre.

I for one will not be returning to do my shopping on Princes Street but will instead be using the Fort Kinnaird shopping centre, which is free at all times.

I am most disappointed in having to pay a parking ticket for Alive after Five. Another fine mess by the city council.

Craig Wood, East Lothian

Labour won’t fool Capital residents

I READ with incredulity Labour’s coded attack on the concessionary travel scheme (Bus Fares rise to £1.50, News, January 9).

In times gone by, Labour was happy to take credit for this scheme, but as we know, leader Johann Lamont has recently abandoned her party’s commitment to protect concessionary travel – one of the many vital services provided to older people which she describes as “something for nothing”.

Let’s be clear, a primary reason for bus fare increases is the rise in fuel costs, an issue reserved to Westminster. Motorists in Edinburgh know themselves what a huge impact rising fuel prices have on their own family budgets, so can appreciate how it also affects public transport.

Time and time again, the SNP in Westminster has proposed to introduce a fuel duty regulator to stabilise these fuel prices, and time and time again, Labour MPs have voted against it.

This latest attack from Lesley Hinds is nothing more than an orchestrated attempt to undermine the concessionary travel scheme itself, attempting to turn public opinion against it as part of Labour’s cuts agenda. I believe the people of Edinburgh will not be taken in by it.

Colin Keir MSP, Edinburgh Western Constituency, Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh

Cyclists must look after themselves

Further to the response to David Fiddimore (Letters, January 9), I agree that the health and safety of people is most important. However, I am still not convinced reductions in speed limits are the best way to achieve this aim.

It does not matter if you are hit at 20mph or 30mph without a helmet, you are dicing with death. Also using helmets, lights, reflective clothes and obeying red traffic lights will lessen your chance of being hurt.

Pedestrians can also help themselves by not walking out in front of cars whilst texting or holding conversation on their mobile phones.

Alastair Macintyre, Webster Place, Rosyth