Letters: Film studio has no place at Straiton

An artist's impression of the planned studios at Straiton. Picture: Contributed
An artist's impression of the planned studios at Straiton. Picture: Contributed
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I STRONGLY object to the proposed film studio development at Straiton.

I live at Pentland Park and the boundary will be a mere 30ft behind my house. The proposals include 87ft-high buildings built on greenbelt land which is regarded as “high risk” by the Coal Board.

This is due to the possible pockets of methane gas and other toxic elements only 30 metres below the surface.

Building here would create a health, wellbeing and safety hazard to the occupants of Pentland Park.

It is concerning that the Coal Mining Report was not considered as an integral part of the Environmental Statement and in this regard the competence of the ES must be called into question.

An “in-depth” report (21 pages) by Mr McKenzie of Pentland Biomass shows that the Environmental Statement submissions are insufficient and fail to fulfil the requirements of the Environment Impact Assessment Regulations.

There are about four protected species in the area, which would be endangered. The aquifer would be greatly affected and lead to a high risk of flooding of main roads.

I get the distinct impression that the planning department at Dalkeith are trying hard to push this through with as little adverse publicity as possible.

The possibility of 900 new jobs is a non-starter, as most of the jobs would be highly specialised within the film industry – there are plenty of them over in Glasgow.

To try to shoehorn this project into a totally unsuitable green belt area is truly a major mistake.

Brian Welsh, Pentland Park, Loanhead

Critics should give Jane Park a break

I read the story about how Jane Park, the Edinburgh teenage millionaire, has been the victim of online bullying (‘I’m trying to ignore the trolls. You’ve just got to brush it off’, News, July 15).

People should mind their own business and let Jane do what she wants in life. There seems to be a lot of jealousy about Jane wishing to work after winning £1 million on Euromillions.

Jane has a long life ahead of her and doesn’t want to do nothing but spend money. You have to think ahead and I admire Jane, as to me that is what she is doing. Depending on what you buy, a million pounds won’t last forever.

I think Jane feels she has had her enjoyment and treats and now wants to work. So if that is what she wants, then leave her alone to do it. It is Jane’s life and she is free – or should be – to do what she wishes.

I say to the people who have been sending nasty messages – get a life and leave her alone, as she seems to be a lovely, down to earth girl with a warm heart and does not deserve the criticism she has been getting recently.

Stephanie Wint, Holyrood Court, Dumbiedykes Road, Edinburgh

BBC stars’ backing for corporation backfires

A campaign by 29 BBC stars to defend the corporation’s funding has backfired after MPs compared them to bankers defending their obscene bonuses.

Some unkind souls might surmise that the ‘stars’ were trying to defend their own lucrative pay packets, many well in excess of £1 million.

They now must regret their interference, since the BBC’s annual report revealed a huge jump in pay for its presenters.

The annual report also showed that staff costs at the BBC have been spiralling, despite repeated pledges from the directors to cut costs.

A new culling broom and a new set of directors is urgently needed.

Clark Cross, Springfield Road, Linlithgow

Why do foxes deserve special treatment?

So we have another rally to ban fox-hunting or at least not to relax the rules.

How these people can consider themselves animal lovers when they will have gone home to meals prepared from chicken, pigs or cattle which have been kept in the most despicable, crowded conditions and some have never in their short lives seen any natural sunlight is beyond me.

What is so special about the fox to these people when they ignore the ill-treatment of millions of farm animals?

William W Scott, St Baldred’s Road, North Berwick

Police Scotland are doing best they can

As a constituent of Ian Murray’s, over the past few months I have suffered a break-in whilst on holiday and later had my car vandalised and on each occasion the police dealt with the matter efficiently then got back to me with a progress report.

More recently I called 101 to report another matter and again the police responded promptly.

I believe that the vast majority of Edinburgh residents are satisfied with local policing and apart from housebreaking, overall crime levels are at a 40-year low.

The tragic event where a couple died following a car crash was probably down to human error and the fact that the initial caller phoned 101, which is for non-emergency situations.

Ian Murray’s use of the term ‘Glasgowisation’ is absolute nonsense in his attempt to politicise matters and blame the Scottish Government.

Improvements can always be made in every walk of life, but all public services are suffering from cutbacks, thanks to the UK government’s austerity measures. Labour politicians don’t help themselves when they fail to vote against some of these cutbacks in parliament.

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