How did attaching wires get cleared by planners?

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Could somebody please tell us how the trams management got planning permission to screw hundreds of overhead wires on to old buildings either side of the tram route?

These wires hold up the electric power supply cables to drive the trams and festoon York Place, St Andrew Square area, bits of Princes Street, Shandwick Place and who knows where else on the lines.

Those of us “in the trade” would not get permission from the council to fix such things to historic buildings and Historic Scotland doesn’t allow it even to brace temporary scaffolding. I agree with the latter’s stance as it can be bad for a building and can be unsafe, so how come we are seeing all this?

Also, who is supposed to maintain them? Will the owners ever be able to put up scaffolding with these wires playing such a vital role in public safety?

The wires look so flimsy that one accident with wire cutters would see the trams grind to a halt. Apart from the safety aspect, they are just a mess to the eye.

So it’s once again one rule for the council and another for Joe Public!

I’m sure the engineers have done their safety sums, but when you also see the extent of new concrete bases for the tracks being demolished in York Place, one begins to wonder.

John Addison, Roslin, Midlothian

Money is making the Capital go round

WILL the planning committee allow a venerable chapel in Rose Street to be turned into a “superpub” (News, August 3)?

Of course they will! Haven’t they just granted consent for the Accies to turn a large chunk of their historic playing field into a superpub-topped shopping mall?

Planning convener Councillor Ian Perry promised objectors that the Accies decision would be determined by established policy and the interests of local 
residents.

We thought policy meant conservation and local plan restrictions, and Stockbridge would be saved.

It turned out that the established policy he had in mind is that there should be more and more wining, dining, shopping and spectator sport.

Planning objectors should always understand that it is money that makes the city go round – round and round until we are all sick.

Alan Murphy, Learmonth Grove, Edinburgh

Decision needs to be nipped in the bud

Sometimes you think you’re eyes are deceiving you but no, it’s true, Sue Bruce, pictured below, our city’s chief executive, is to become a non-executive director of energy giant SSE.

This is the same SSE which was fined £10.5 million for mis-selling to its customers and promising them cheaper tariffs whilst actually charging them more!

Is that type of thing the “relevant transferable skills” she’ll be able to bring back to improving our city?

Our council has already shown us its not inconsiderable skills at landing us with the most expensive tram scheme in transport history and led by the same council leader Andrew Burns, who now gives Sue Bruce his full backing.

I wish someone would give him a full-time directorship as far away as possible from the long-suffering Edinburgh citizenry.

How can the city’s chief executive endorse this SSE company by taking up this position as a part-time director at £50,000 a year – no wonder our energy bills are so high – and of course their chief executive departed after the scandal, with a pension pot of over £9 million.

We have experienced a lot of mind-boggling decisions by our councillors but this one needs nipped in the bud before our chief executive gets embroiled with this company.

Douglas Thomson, Moray Place, Edinburgh

Well done for change of stance on saunas

I APPLAUD Police Scotland’s change of policy with regard to the running of saunas in Edinburgh.

Adapting Strathclyde Police’s tough stance, which has eradicated 
prostitution in Glasgow, should be welcomed by all right-minded people. I look forward to further raids on the remaining saunas and perhaps those disgusting lap-dancing bars.

Alex Stewart, Rosemount Buildings, Edinburgh

Taxes are paying for immigrant protests

A GROUP of migrants has threatened the government with a high court challenge over its controversial “Go Home” campaign on advertising vans.

The Refugee and Migrant Forum of East London (RMF) has told the Home Office to stop this campaign before August 8 or face court proceedings. Even the Equality and Human Rights Commission is getting in on the act.

What a cheek, these organisations are funded by taxpayers’ money.

The high court challenge by RMF will be funded by legal aid.

I am sure many RMF members receive welfare benefits and social housing. Talk about biting the hand that feeds you. There are too many pro-immigrant organisations, which taxpayers fund, which hate Britain but continue to take the benefits.

No taxpayers’ money should be used for such cases, which should be funded by like-minded individuals who wish to support their cause.

Clark Cross, Springfield Road, Linlithgow

Dumping cats was the act of a cruel person

SHAME on the cruel person who dumped two male cats outside a rehoming centre during heavy rain (News, August 3). The Scottish SPCA is appealing for information.

I dread to think what may have happened if they had not been discovered.

June Fleming, Hercus Loan, Musselburgh