Pedestrianise the city centre
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
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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.