For the birds

The Scotsman - - Perspective / Letters To The Editor -

coun­try whose lov­ing par­ents are not mar­ried or in a civil part­ner­ship can never qual­ify for the afore­men­tioned Fam­ily Home al­lowance ben­e­fit.

I am sure that ev­ery one of those chil­dren whose lov­ing par­ents are not mar­ried or in a civil part­ner­ship re­gard them­selves as be­ing part of a fam­ily. It could then be ar­gued that the Con­ser­va­tive Party is cer­tainly not the party of hard-work­ing fam­i­lies in the UK, and they cer­tainly are the party that has no qualms about in­tro­duc­ing leg­is­la­tion which ac­tively dis­crim­i­nates against some UK chil­dren. Royal Bank of Scot­land ad­vert tout­ing their ser­vices and claim­ing to be a Scot­tish bank.

The ar­ro­gance of the Royal Bank heirar­chy knows no bounds.

They, as a pub­lic ser­vice, have just left a large num­ber of vul­ner­a­ble cus­tomers in a state of ag­i­ta­tion by clos­ing lo­cal branches, not just in vil­lages but in towns – talk about kick­ing peo­ple when they are down.

The Royal Bank of Scot­land’s slo­gan is “Mak­ing it hap­pen” – and that is ex­actly what they are do­ing by clos­ing branches and forc­ing peo­ple to use in­ter­net bank­ing.

MAR­GARET WAL­LACE Broom­field Av­enue, Cum­nock In light of the re­cent plan­ning sub­mis­sion by the Scot­tish Seabird Cen­tre to de­velop a Na­tional Ma­rine Cen­tre at North Ber­wick Har­bour, I feel it par­tic­u­larly im­por­tant to high­light the op­por­tu­ni­ties for peo­ple to have their say on the pro­pos­als.

The new Na­tional Ma­rine Cen­tre will have a sig­nif­i­cant detri­men­tal im­pact on the cur­rent har­bour fa­cil­i­ties that are en­joyed by both res­i­dents and vis­i­tors to the area by ex­ces­sive ex­pan­sion ver­ti­cally and hor­i­zon­tally.

It will also present sub­stan­tial prob­lems to the el­derly and dis­abled who en­joy the el­e­vated out­look from An­chor Green.

Many as­pects of the ap­pli­ca­tion go against many coun­cil and Govern­ment poli­cies re­gard­ing listed build­ings and an­cient mon­u­ments.

We are deeply sad­dened that the Scot­tish Seabird Cen­tre has forged ahead with its ap­pli­ca­tion sub­mis­sion, de­spite min­i­mal con­sul­ta­tion with its neigh­bours – rid­ing roughshodover­the­sig­nif­i­cant con­cerns the com­mu­nity has about the plans.

The cur­rent users of the har­bour are deeply con­cerned about the prospect of long term con­struc­tion im­pact and in due course the dra­matic changes this de­vel­op­ment would force on pro­tected har­bour en­vi­ron­ment.

Our mem­bers are not be­ing un­rea­son­able. We fully sup­port the con­cept of host­ing a Na­tional Ma­rine Cen­tre within the ex­ist­ing Scot­tish Seabird Cen­tre and would hap­pily work with the Cen­tre to bring for­ward plans that are ap­pro­pri­ate for the set­ting.

How­ever, we strongly ob­ject to the cur­rent pro­pos­als and would en­cour­age ev­ery­one to care­fully con­sider the plans, and make their own views known to East Loth­ian Coun­cil be­fore the im­pend­ing dead­line on 23 June.

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