Letters: Destroying our industrial heritage not the answer

The disused site of Madelvic Factory in Granton. Picture: Greg Macvean
The disused site of Madelvic Factory in Granton. Picture: Greg Macvean
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I was amazed to read that the Madelvic car factory at Granton has been “given” to a property developer to knock down so that flats can be built on the site (News, August 8).

As far as I know this historic 1899 building is the oldest purpose-built car factory in Britain, if not the world, so should be restored for future use.

It is surprising to read that it is alleged to be so dilapidated that it would be best demolished; it seems like another example of the owners of a historic building neglecting it so much that they can then say it’s worthless.

Surely with the collapse of the Waterfront scheme there are acres of unused and former industrial land in the Granton area that would be available for housing, without destroying a unique part of our industrial heritage.

What do the planners think they are doing – did they even ask the views of Historic Scotland or do we have another Scottish Provident situation on our hands?

N Mackenzie, Grange Loan, Edinburgh

Working harder to make Capital clean

I COMPLETELY understand that people care passionately about the cleanliness of our streets, and get angry when they see rubbish dumped on the ground.

A positive image of the city amongst visitors is clearly important and residents want to feel proud of the way the city looks.

That is why we have invested in extra staff to empty bins more frequently, sweep the streets more often and extra bins to deal with litter created during the Festival when the population doubles.

We have never had so many staff cleaning our streets (currently 99 working shifts) emptying more than 1000 bins 24/7 in the city centre and Leith.

Bins are being emptied between five and seven times a day (up from three to four times) and an extra eight new litter wardens are targeting litter “hotspots” late at night and weekends and fining people who throw food containers or other litter on the ground.

There is a lot of money being spent clearing up after people who don’t think about the consequences of their actions, not least that the money could be better spent on other more important things like caring for elderly people or better resources for schools.

This is everybody’s problem, not just the city council’s and that is why I have called for a major anti-littering campaign to highlight that littering is unacceptable, antisocial and costly.

I am convinced that the majority of people are as frustrated as I am and would be willing to support a 
campaign to improve cleanliness in the city all year round.

Cllr Lesley Hinds, Environment Convener

Tram should win the race handsomely

I READ with interest your article on the journey times for the airport bus versus tram (News, August 17).

I looked up Traveline Scotland and found that on a typical morning the airport 100 service at, for example, 9.31am at airport stance 19 will arrive at Waverley Bridge at 10.01am, a time taken of 30 minutes. Considering the tram will go to York Place the timings look to be a draw.

Bearing in mind the bus must negotiate Corstorphine Road and Roseburn, I would think that in the rush hour the tram could win handsomely most mornings.

William Wood, Cuikenburn, Penicuik

Airport boost can help our economy take off

The announcement of a £150 million investment programme at Edinburgh Airport should be welcomed by the business community throughout Scotland.

Despite ongoing global uncertainty, our capital city has proved time and again that through greater collaboration, innovation and a resilient approach, our economy can continue to grow.

Edinburgh Airport acts as a business gateway to both Europe and the BRIC countries. The creation of a new business centre at the terminal and the potential for creating new routes in the future can be viewed as part of the wider success story throughout the city.

Sandra Rodger, partner, Grant Thornton UK LLP, Exchange Crescent, Edinburgh

Drug case reveals a flaw of separation

The case of the Scots girl arrested in Peru in connection with drug smuggling has opened up another dimension to the independence issue.

For example, in an independent Scotland, what legislation and assistance would be in place if a Scot were to be arrested in a foreign country?

Not only that, but would an independent Scotland have to go the considerable and expensive lengths of having to establish embassies in the various countries around the world?

When all the small issues are taken together, the complex logistics, not to mention the vast expense, might just be too great to overcome with regard to Scotland becoming an independent country.

Angus McGregor, Edinburgh

Where are the hard-working teachers?

here in East Lothian, the schools are finally back after a far-too-long seven-week summer holiday.

But according to teachers they spend most or all the holidays preparing for the new term.

So, why is it that not once in the whole seven weeks did I see one car parked at any school in East Lothian by these supposedly hard-at-work teachers?

Alan Lough, Boroughdales, Dunbar, East Lothian