The City of Edinburgh Council want to build a velodrome cycle track and other associated works including a large car park in Hunter’s Hall public park which is Green Belt land.
Sir Chris Hoy’s name has been used to promote this project which will destroy over 10 acres of valuable open space.
We have already lost over 20 acres of our park to proposed housing and other developments by the council’s property company EDI/Parc.
At a recent consultation meeting it was crystal clear that councillors and officials had made their mind up to go ahead with this further parkland destruction whatever the local community said. Indeed, they even refused to consider suggestions that could provide local BMX cycle facilities whilst safeguarding the park.
I asked the council for information regarding discussions on these proposals between councillors, officials and consultants. Whilst I received 85 pages of information they contained 497 redactions, including entire emails, paragraphs, the names of those who received and sent emails, making it impossible to properly find out what was going on regarding the building of sports facilities and not a secret military establishment.
I find this secrecy and censorship totally unacceptable and have asked the council leader, Andrew Burns, to instruct officials to make available all information requested. This is the least we should expect from a co-operative council.
Paul Nolan, Niddrie Marischal Crescent, Edinburgh
Independent Scotland and UK in same boat
THE claim by Donald Lewis that as a new member state an independent Scotland would have to charge VAT on food of at least 5% is based on a false premise that Scotland would be an accession country to the European Union (Letters, 30 April).
In fact, Scotland is already part of the territory of the European Union and its people are citizens.
If Mr Lewis is arguing that an entirely new state would be created, forced to renegotiate entry back into the European Union, then what remains of the UK would be in exactly the same boat, as it was the now defunct UK that entered what is now the EU in 1973.
This is a position supported by a number of legal experts, such as Lord Mackenzie-Stuart, a former judge for the European Court of Justice. Both states would in fact be successor states, with exactly the same status within the EU.
One way of solving this dispute is for the UK Government, as the Member State, to write to the European Commission to seek a formal position on this, something it has been curiously reluctant to do.
Between a Yes vote in 2014 and independence day in 2016 it is in the interests of both Scotland and the rest of the UK to negotiate continuing membership of the EU, ensuring a smooth transition for both parties.
Alex Orr, Leamington Terrace, Edinburgh
UKIP have a master plan for Green leaflets
We in UKIP have every sympathy with the Greens’ complaint that the Post Office is delivering some of their electoral addresses inside ours (News, April 30).
UKIP was once a small party struggling on the fringes.
It is an essential part of democratic politics that fringe parties like the Greens just as much as mainstream ones get fair play and a fair hearing.
However, it is also essential that parties play fair and do not attempt to mislead the electorate.
The Greens have chosen in their electoral address to use 2009 Euro election figures to suggest that they are ahead of UKIP and in serious contention for a seat.
The true position is that they are many points behind UKIP and unlike us are not in realistic contention.
Indeed, in two of the three Holyrood by-elections over the last year the Greens finished well behind all the mainstream parties including ourselves. In Cowdenbeath in January they didn’t even field a candidate.
If you do happen to receive a Green electoral address, whether lurking inside one of ours or bare-naked for your inspection, do not be alarmed.Simply send it for recycling – they’d want it that way.
David Coburn, lead UKIP MEP candidate for Scotland, Easter Road, Edinburgh
The art of dustbin emptying is being lost
is anyone else fed up of the way the binmen throw our bins about after they’ve been emptied?
I live on a main road and they constantly throw the recycled bins into the middle of the pavement, so anyone passing has to go onto the road to get past them.
Numerous times when the food bin has been thrown they have broken it. Why do we bother to recycle? When it’s windy it’s a nightmare as everything gets blown about the main road since they don’t put back the bins where they find them, out of the way of the pedestrians.
They really need to get their act together and have some regard and common sense when bins are getting emptied. More training is required I think.
Ann Laird, Edinburgh, by email