Call time on proposal for Rose Street ‘superpub’

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Having just returned from holiday I am now aware of proposals for a mega-pub in place of the Baptist Chapel in Rose Street (News, June 14).

There is an abundance of pubs and clubs in the Rose Street and surrounding area and I am informed that this new establishment will be able to accommodate upwards of 900 people. Only by living in Rose Street can one realise the effect of such a mammoth premises on the local residents.

Revellers in various states of intoxication, shouting, screaming, vomiting, urinating, fighting and whatever else goes with such a venue.

The residents of this already over-subscribed area of pubs, clubs and drinking venues will be denied peace, sleep, and the comfort of not having their lives violated by the exiting hordes of drink-fuelled clientele.

It’s not just already existing pubs and businesses who are complaining about competition, but also decent working people who are entitled to the same rights as the other citizens of our fair city and not to have the value of their properties inevitably slashed.

This application needs very careful examination. The point of too many licences being too easily granted is very valid and surely if the Scottish Government is going to carry out its pledge to crack down on the over -consumption of alcohol then it needs to act now.

It will be nothing short of a travesty of democratic rights if this monstrosity is allowed in a world-famous street which is now one of the centres of preservation of our traditional New Town.

Douglas Thomson, Rose Street Lane South, Edinburgh

Pub in the parliament ought to be barred

The Scottish Parliament seems hell bent on raising prices to cut down consumption of alcohol.

Why doesn’t it lead by example and do away with the far from necessary bar at the parliament?

Who else has a bar they can use at their place of employment.

F Rutherford, Edinburgh

No return to rule from south

I WONDER if anyone from the “No” campaign can enlighten me on the following.

After gaining independence, not one of the former Crown colonies, from Canada and Australia to the most minute island states, has applied for a renewal of London rule.

Nor can I recollect questions being asked about their ability to survive economically or doubts being cast on their future defence policies.

The countries which emerged from the dissolution of the USSR, including the Baltic states, Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Ukraine, have shown no inclination to re-embrace rule from Moscow.

They seem very happy to be independent and Ukraine is an interesting case, as Russia was able to decommission a much larger naval installation than Faslane, in a matter of months, without fatuous claims that it should remain Russian territory.

Is Scotland a very special case about which tenuous questions and vacuous threats are posed on the very idea of her independence – Scotland, the oldest kingdom in Europe?

Or, is it all based on the words of the Speaker in Westminster, in 1707, who boasted: “We have catch’d Scotland, and we will bind her fast!”

Faslane and the oil to be clasped tightest?

Joseph G Miller, Gardeners Street, Dunfermline

Reminder of Capital’s football glory days

I WAS saddened to read of the passing of Lawrie Reilly.

The Fifties and Sixties were exciting times for the Capital football fan.

At Hibs we had Lawrie Reilly with apprentice Joe Baker waiting to take over, while at Tynecastle it was Willie Bauld with a certain Alex Young ready to step up. Prolific goal scorers to a man.

One could argue all night as to who was the better but that would be missing the point. The winners were the Edinburgh public. Fond memories, Lawrie.

George Fairgrieve, Stapeley Avenue, Edinburgh

Royals will remain if they move with times

Not being a royal watcher, I have never understood the enthusiasm for royal events such as weddings, babies and even coronations.

Over the years I have heard all the arguments against a hereditary monarchy, the main one being if you were to start a new country there would be an elected head of state.

Presumably there would not be a first past the post electoral system, a house of lords, honours awards and so on. Traditionalists will say they are part of the fabric of the country that has evolved over thousands of years and it is what makes Britain unique.

The royals are what we have got and the electoral system as well and as long as it moves with the times, it is OK with me.

We can always abolish them if we want at any time with a referendum, if that is what people wish, but I suspect there are going to be lot more royal babies before that.

George Ritchie North Gyle Terrace Edinburgh

Scottish heritage of new baby George

I READ your souvenir supplement on the royal baby with interest. However, I was surprised, and irritated, by the section on the baby’s “line of succession”. This was entirely about his English descent from William the Conqueror in 1066.

Surely it would have been possible to find information on his equally important Scottish line, which goes back through Mary, Queen of Scots, Robert the Bruce, and Malcolm Canmore to Kenneth MacAlpin, who united the Picts and Scots when he became king in 863.

Alison Halley, Newbattle Abbey Crescent, Dalkeith