Pedes­tri­anise the city cen­tre

The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - COMMENT -

Sir, – St An­drews Space for Cy­cling (SASC) fully sup­ports Coun­cil­lor Thom­son’s per­cep­tive re­quest to re­view the case for pedes­tri­an­i­sa­tion of the cen­tre of the town (“Views wanted on idea to pedes­tri­anise part of busy town cen­tre”, The Courier, April 13).

SASC is strongly of the view that the rate of traf­fic in­crease in St An­drews is dam­ag­ing to the fab­ric of the town as well as the health of the in­hab­i­tants, through air pol­lu­tion, ac­ci­den­tal in­jury risk and the cre­ation of obe­sity.

When the roads are thick with traf­fic it be­comes un­pleas­ant and dan­ger­ous to cy­cle and walk and peo­ple feel they have to drive.

Yet cities across the world are tack­ling this prob­lem through pro­mot­ing the use of ef­fi­cient pub­lic trans­port and mak­ing it safe to walk and cy­cle on spa­ces sep­a­rated from cars.

There is abun­dant ev­i­dence such a change ben­e­fits the lo­cal econ­omy. It is nat­u­ral that shop own­ers fear the

It’s only le­git­i­mate for a prime min­is­ter to act with­out par­lia­men­tary en­dorse­ment when Britain is di­rectly threat­ened, and this was man­i­festly not the case in re­gard to the Syria strikes

loss of cus­tom if park­ing spa­ces are re­moved – but St An­drews will al­ways at­tract tourists and vis­i­tors and prob­a­bly more so if the cen­tre of the town is safe and pleas­ant to walk. This will re­quire the de­vel­op­ment of al­ter­na­tive park­ing pro­vi­sion.

We ask the coun­cil to carry out a fea­si­bil­ity study in­clud­ing the build­ing of a new car park at Petheram Bridge with an elec­tric shut­tle bus con­nec­tion to the cen­tre.

We also pro­pose a se­ries of car-free days as has been tried in Perth, so that res­i­dents and vis­i­tors can ex­pe­ri­ence the joy of walk­ing in a street with­out traf­fic.

Tony Water­ston. St An­drews Space for Cy­cling,

9 Tom Mor­ris Drive, St An­drews.

Fife kids will yet again be in the class­room on Easter Mon­day.

This is scan­dalous, es­pe­cially when our neigh­bour­ing coun­cils of Perth and Kin­ross, Clack­man­nan­shire and the City of Ed­in­burgh are giv­ing kids Easter Mon­day off in 2019. Schools in these ar­eas all re­sume on April 23 2019 but in Fife they start on Easter Mon­day, April 22 2019.

The Easter pe­riod is a ma­jor Chris­tian hol­i­day/ fes­ti­val and as such should be re­spected. In­sti­tu­tions such as the Na­tional Trust and His­toric Scot­land have spe­cial Easter events on, but kids in Fife will be de­nied the op­por­tu­nity to at­tend these on Easter Mon­day 2019.

It is high time this dis­crep­ancy was sorted out and Fife Coun­cil should close the lo­cal schools on Easter Mon­day ev­ery year.

All that needs changed is when the in-ser­vice days are held or the start/ end dates of terms need to be tweaked slightly – again some­thing our neigh­bour­ing au­thor­i­ties seem to man­age well.

Alas­tair Macin­tyre. 18 Web­ster Place, Rosyth.

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