What will count as road measure success? - your views

" Will the council pay any claims or fines for failure to comply with the Highway Code?”

Wednesday, 28th April 2021, 7:00 am
Controversial: Spaces for People

What will count as road measure success?

Will Edinburgh Council advise how they will evaluate whether the Spaces for People measures have been a success?

Have the changes to the roads had the required result in more people cycling than would have been cycling without the £5m spend?

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Will the council also confirm that they will pay any claims or fines for failure to comply with the Highway Code and various Acts of Parliament which have arisen?

For example, the requirement to stop as close as possible to the edge of theroad. What is the new edge, and where do parking restriction markings need to be?

Advice in the Highway Code is that it is safer for passengers, especially children, to get out of a vehicle next to the kerb. With parking now common in the middle of the road and traffic passing on both sides, this is no longer possible. What happens when a child is injured getting out a car?

Alastair Murray, Elliot Road, Edinburgh.

We need to talk about IndyRef2!

When Douglas Ross, Anas Sarwar and Willie Rennie are asked if they would support the right of the SNP to have an independence referendum if the party wins a majority in the coming election, all three refuse to answer the question and go into their carefully crafted, long-winded non-answers and won't give way until the interviewer gives up.

Yes, we know you don't support independence, we know you don't support a second referendum and we know you blame Nicolas Sturgeon for everything, but what would you do if there was such a majority?

I believe these anti-democrats get away with it because media interviewers, who normally work for outlets that don't support independence, don't always press for honest answers.

This was evident in last week's Question Time when Fiona Bruce did not push the leaders of the three biggest Unionist parties to answer the question.

It was left to a member of the virtual audience to question why Ms Bruce let them off the hook. If the SNP wins a democratic majority, how does Ms Sturgeon bring about IndyRef2 democratically if the 'big three' ignore our democratic process?

Jack Fraser, Clayknowes Drive, Musselburgh.

Child mental health crisis needs our care

As a coalition of leading providers of care and support to vulnerable children and young people, we welcome the consensus there is between the major political parties in the Scottish Parliament election to tackling the growing mental health crisis in our young people.

We have for some time raised concerns over a potential lost generation of vulnerable children and young people, whose mental health is being impacted even further by the Covid pandemic.

The commitment by the political parties to focus on mental health, increasing investment in support services and intervention strategies, is therefore to be appreciated and must be a priority for the next parliament.

Our children are remark-ably resilient but the frightening statistics on the deteriorating mental health of many of them presents a compelling case for a national crusade to address what is a mental health pandemic, underpinned by considerably greater resourcing.

This mental health crisis is one we can address, but it will require a similar energy and commitment to that for tackling Covid if we are to achieve this and prevent many young people giving up on their futures – and themselves.

The Scottish Children’s Services Coalition, Queen Street, Edinburgh.