Letter: It’s time visitor footfall was controlled in Edinburgh

Reader Elizabeth Clark says footfall should be curtailed in the centre of Edinburgh
Reader Elizabeth Clark says footfall should be curtailed in the centre of Edinburgh
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We definitely need to curtail visitor footfall in central Edinburgh, which could be done by restricting access to major attractions using a pre-booking method.

Too many office blocks and large buildings are being converted to hotels at the expense of local people who may wish to rent an apartment there.

Over the past few years I have noticed various problems, such as the stench of urine outside The Standing Order in George Street and in Rose Street, also streets have become dirty and bins have been overflowing - all health hazards.

Due to increased footfall, flagstones in Princes Street have become slack and could cause people to trip or fall.

I can understand why many people, especially the elderly, are avoiding the city centre, as it is not pleasant being jostled by tourists with luggage, some of whom seem to think they own the catwalk.

On a lighter note, surely tourists could be advised to travel further afield to visit other attractions such as the Forth Bridges, Hopetoun House, Linlithgow Palace and Blackness Castle, to name a few.

Elizabeth Clark, Duddingston Gardens North, Edinburgh

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