LETTERS: Council must prioritise city roadworks better

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Having read that Edinburgh City Council proposes to reduce the funds for road repairs it would be interesting to find out how roadworks are prioritised (‘Road repair cash to be slashed’, News, October 12).

Huge amounts of money have been spent on altering various road junctions with major disruption and delays to traffic, often with little or no obvious benefits.

A case in point is the current work on London Road at its junction with Easter Road, due to take four months to complete. This work is causing major hold-ups on London Road, Easter Road and Montrose Terrace/Regent Road.

There did not appear to be any problems with its original layout and I would suggest the money being spent would have been better used on the many potholes requiring attention.

Why this work was started at the same time as major works on Leith Street, York Place and Broughton Street, all in preparation for the St James Centre redevelopment, is beyond reason, creating long delays in close proximity to one another and likely to be ongoing for a considerable length of time.

I can only conclude that the city council is a law unto itself with little consideration for the 

John M Tulloch, Duddingston Park South, Edinburgh

SNP’s Holyrood record does not bode well

I read Fraser Grant’s letter (‘Corbyn’s U-turn shows he’s not PM quality’, October 9) with a mixture of amusement and incredulity.

Although no great lover of Labour myself, to accuse Corbyn of a major policy U-turn because he didn’t persuade conference to refrain from backing the renewal of Trident is nonsense, as he still holds those views.

In all democratic parties individuals hold their own views on certain matters, which may differ from the majority of their colleagues and official party policy.

The world would be a sorry place if freedom of thought and speech was suppressed in a party (this does seem to be happening in one Scottish party, unfortunately).

Particularly laughable was the praise for the SNP’s record on education, health and policing. Their education record has been appalling – 140,000 college courses have been lost with ‘rationalisation’, introduction of Curriculum for Excellence has been shambolic and there are moves to make school education more parochial. Scottish universities are up in arms over what they perceive to be increased government interference in their affairs.

On health matters it has been well publicised that the delegated management of the NHS in Scotland has led to poorer performance than elsewhere in the UK.

To boast about the record on policing would be funny if it was not so tragic. From those I know in the police force, morale is very low and many are trying to leave for other jobs or to retire early. It was a retrograde and disastrous move to introduce the police force reorganisation and the public are now suffering.

In most countries any government with such an appalling track record (even before throwing in the recent scandals, the under-spend and the failure to look after the farming community) would be thrown out.

It seems incredible that the public is ignoring the performance of the Holyrood government, and don’t hold them accountable for the dreadful way the country is being run.

M Gray, Craigleith, Edinburgh

Scotland gains more from EU membership

As Scotland’s oldest dedicated pro-European campaigning organisation, at the forefront of the fight to keep us in the EU, we will be putting forward an unremittingly positive case for continued EU membership.

The benefits of our EU membership are plentiful. Whether it is climate change, energy security or international trade, decisions taken by the EU are more effective than the ones made by 28 individual states.

As an example, European decisions helped us to reduce sulphur dioxide emissions by almost 90 per cent over the last 40 years.

The EU has also provided important social protections for workers in Scotland and across the continent, be it the 48-hour minimum working week or minimum-paid annual leave.

The EU single market of 500 million people, the largest in the world, is vital to Scottish businesses, with 46 per cent of our international exports destined for the EU and 330,000 Scottish jobs dependent on these.

It also allows the freedom to travel, study and work across the EU, bringing many benefits to Scotland.

Each Scottish household benefits to the tune of £3000 that come from the trade, investment, jobs and lower prices that membership brings. Set against an annual net contribution per household of £340, this shows a close to ten-to-one return on investment in the EU.

The peace, stability and prosperity that the EU has brought to Scotland through membership is to be cherished and we look forward to continue on promoting the positives to be gained from our membership.

Derek Hammersley, The European Movement in Scotland, Walker Street, Edinburgh

Has the statute of limitations run out?

Can I also claim for a twisted wheel on my bicycle in the tramline going down The Mound in 1948?

I dusted myself down, got bruises later, but still went in to work – the walking wounded.

Hillary Haston, Edinburgh