Letters: Extra parking restrictions will harm city businesses

City parking restrictions could be extended into the evening. Picture: Ian Georgeson
City parking restrictions could be extended into the evening. Picture: Ian Georgeson
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I have serious concerns regarding plans to extend parking restrictions (‘Carry On Charging’, Evening News, August 20).

As a driver and a regular visitor in Edinburgh and the surrounding areas, I am certainly worried by plans to extend parking charges/hours. I am not quite sure what they mean by extending the current 6.30pm cut-off, however I certainly would not be prepared to pay for parking much beyond 7pm, by which time most of the commuter traffic has left town.

I also have concerns with plans to charge for Sunday parking and while I am not fully against this idea, I believe it should remain free of charge until at least 1pm. This will allow those who attend city centre churches to continue to do so without fear of incurring a penalty.

If there are problem areas where parking or congestion is an issue, then I don’t have any problem with the council imposing charges or restrictions which may help to reduce this. But overall I feel that the council should be looking at ways to reduce parking costs and encourage more people to come into the city.

I feel it would be a wise move if money raised from parking was seen to be used for repairing roads and/or implementing new modern parking areas.

If parking restrictions/charges are operating too late into the evening or when people would expect them not to be operating, then I fear that this will damage trade and business.

If, for example, I had to pay for parking on a Friday/Saturday evening, instead of coming into Edinburgh for a meal or to watch a show, perhaps I would decide to stay in Fife instead or visit another city such as Perth, Stirling or Glasgow.

Mr Alastair Macintyre, Webster Place, Rosyth, Fife

Power system works against Scotland

It is clearly devastating news to see Scottish Power taking the decision to close the Longannet power station in Fife in March 2016, with the associated loss of hundreds of jobs.

The key reason for this is an iniquitous transmission charging regime, where pricing is based on location, that discriminates against Scotland. So, while we host 12 per cent of electricity generation in the UK we pay 35 per cent of the network’s running costs.

This means that Longannet pays £40m a year to connect to the National Grid while an equivalent 
generator in Yorkshire would pay £15m and a power station in London would receive a subsidy of around £4m. It is nonsensical to lose such a huge capacity at a time of tight supply margins and it is vital that the UK government end once and for all an iniquitous charging regime that discriminates against all forms of power generation in Scotland.

To add insult to injury, UK government proposals for the new Hinkley Point C nuclear power station in Somerset will see French and Chinese corporations receive a subsidy of between £800m to £1bn a year for generation costs – double the present going rate.

For those who fought to retain the Union under a slogan of ‘Better Together’, this clearly did not extend to the transmission charging regime which is illogical, unfair and if we are to keep the lights on, in need of urgent reform.

Alex Orr, Leamington Terrace, Edinburgh

Christmas comes too early at Dobbies

Today my husband and I went to Dobbies garden centre for a wander round and I was shocked to see they have started to install their Christmas shop.

It’s August, still summer holiday time for many people and the last thing we need to be reminded of is Christmas.

Can you imagine what it will be like for those parents and grandparents who take the kids there to eat and they have to walk past all the Christmas displays?

Please hold back on the Christmas theme until we are at least into winter weather. October is soon enough and at least we wouldn’t be sick of it all before the big day actually arrives.

Mrs Susan Smart, Penicuik

Nicola and Alex must save our conkers

‘SCOTTISH conkers at risk from 
English tree-eating moths’.

It is reported the horse chestnut leaf mining moth is expected to expand from England into Scotland.

Can we expect a statement from the Scottish Government about this English attack on our beloved trees?

It is Nationalist policy to blame all Scottish ills on Westminster; surely Nicola Sturgeon and Alex Salmond must break their holiday to counter this English threat to the Scottish conker and demand another referendum in 2016.

Jill Green, Trinity Road, Edinburgh

Return Portobello High site to former use

‘£1 million green space vision for old Portobello High site unveiled’ (News, August 5).

The new park should not be innovative, as suggested by some, it should be a simple, grassed sports field with changing pavilion, which was there before the present school was built.

This facility was shared by pupils from Towerbank, St John’s and Portobello High. The new proposal would include Duddingston and Holy Rood. The area must be securely fenced off to prevent dogs and their owners from using it.

Mr A Shiels, Milton Drive, Edinburgh