Coun­cil crack­ers

The Scotsman - - Perspective / Letters To The Editor -

What a mixed mes­sage from Ed­in­burgh City Coun­cil, meanly re­mov­ing cut Christ­mas trees this year, yet con­sid­er­ing a “toy train” on the Royal Mile! Copen­hagen man­ages a splen­did pedes­tri­anised area in the city cen­tre, with clean, well main­tained pave­ments, good light­ing and an ex­cel­lent va­ri­ety of shops – just the things that will give plea­sure to res­i­dents and tourists alike.

Per­haps the city might con­sider buy­ing char­ity Christ­mas trees rather than deny­ing the plea­sure of this re­cent, yet es­tab­lished tra­di­tion.

Then, it could sort out the pave­ments and make sure that the mix of shops, restau­rants and es­tab­lished at­trac­tions on The Royal Mile are of the very best qual­ity, not just play­ing around with short-term toys for tourists.

DAVID GER­RARD Spy­law Park, Ed­in­burgh

I ad­mire Peter Far­quhar’s ap­proach to plans to im­prove the “tourist ex­pe­ri­ence’ in Ed­in­burgh, and wish I could feel the same (Let­ters, 14 Novem­ber). Hav­ing taken a rel­a­tive by car to Waver­ley Sta­tion this morn­ing, I found my­self snarled up for some time on the bridge with a num­ber of city buses, tourist buses and vans, due to a large de­liv­ery ve­hi­cle sit­ting at one of the Gar­dens en­trances, with its rear end pro­trud­ing into the road, of­fload­ing com­po­nents for some form of Christ­mas struc­ture.

While stuck there,iob­serv ed that Ed­in­burgh city cen­tre has be­come more and more like a theme park every year, with the fo­cus on cater­ing for ev­er­in­creas­ing num­bers of tourists and mak­ing a quick buck. I ap­pre­ci­ate the need to move with the times and pro­vide good fa­cil­i­ties for vis­i­tors, but I think it has gone too far. Now, at every op­por­tu­nity, our calm green spa­ces are clut­tered with yet more food and drink out­lets, and streets blocked off to ac­com­mo­date mas­sive fun­fair at­trac­tions with gar­ish flash­ing lights. Ed­in­burgh used to be an el­e­gant city; our coun­cil ap­pears hell-bent in turn­ing it into a small-scale ver­sion of Black­pool.

KATHRYN SHARP Blinkbonny Road, Ed­in­burgh

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