Letters: Indoor bowls solution is under council’s noses

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Edinburgh City Council has sold the Splashback campaigners down the river by selling Leith Waterworld to a private company who will now turn the facility into a soft-play centre.

Given that, and also that the council has to make substantial savings after the tram fiasco, does it make any sense to close Portobello Indoor Bowling Centre and reopen it as a gymnasium and soft-play centre.

It would deprive bowlers of the only pay-as-you-play centre in Edinburgh. Portobello Indoor Bowling Club members would also lose their facilities, where they run leagues for men and women. These leagues generate a sum on average of £1800 a week for Edinburgh Leisure over the seven months that the club is open.

The club also run a thriving junior section which has already produced Scottish champions.

I hope bowlers all over Edinburgh will support us by signing the petition which has been circulated to clubs to request Edinburgh Leisure to reverse this decision which is going to have a devastating effect to the many hundreds of bowlers who use this facility.

Tony McLaren, Stevenson Lane, Newtongrange

Yes website is a sad reflection of campaign

IF you think the SNP are conducting a lacklustre independence campaign just take a look at the incompetence of the Yes Scotland group. Yes Scotland encourage people to ask questions about independence via email yet questions asked are not even acknowledged, far less answered.

Even people who have signed the Yes Scotland “independence declaration” fair no better with their questions also going unanswered.

If the leadership of Yes Scotland cannot even organise a proper website what chance is there of them conducting an inspiring independence campaign?

Jim Stewart, Oxgangs Avenue, Edinburgh

Let Capital residents have say on prayers

Recently, members of the city council were invited to the ‘Kirkin’ of the Council’ in St Giles’ Cathedral. According to the Lord Provost, six of the city’s 58 councillors attended.

When I recently checked the official city council’s register of councillors’ interests, only four of the councillors registered interests as members of local churches.

Following last year’s local elections, the council discontinued prayers at the first part of the official council proceedings because it was drawn to their attention that it was illegal under legislation dating back to 1973.

If the councillors are representative of the community, at least one in five of them will be firm atheists and most will have no religious faith. This is according to data from the 2011 Scottish Social Attitudes Survey.

Why then do our councillors continue to assent to prayers and ‘religious observance’ being required in our purportedly ‘non-denominational’ publicly funded city schools?

At least they should agree to a ballot being conducted of electors in the city to discontinue prayers in our schools as requested in a widely supported petition, now before the council in the name of Ms Veronica Wikman and as provided for in the relevant legislation.

Norman Bonney, Palmerston Place, Edinburgh

Drivers can easily avoid bus lane fines

I AM surprised to see motoring figures such as Neil Greig of the Institute of Advanced Motorists getting concerned about drivers having to cough up when they have been penalised for driving in greenways (News, May 31).

On its website, the Institute says “We passionately believe that our roads can be made a safer place by improving the skills and understanding of the people who are using them”.

It surely cannot be beyond the understanding of any motorist who regularly drives in Edinburgh that driving in the bus lanes during certain hours is something you are not supposed to do, and that you may face a penalty if you do.

Let’s face it, the vast majority of drivers who enter the bus lanes when they are not allowed to are basically trying to skip the queue, and if they are caught they know they have to pay the price. So it’s quite simple, really – stick to the rules and you will not be punished.

Ken Welsh, Easter Road, Edinburgh

It is time to act over internet pornography

Vile paedophile Mark Bridger, who murdered five-year-old April Jones, was obsessed with images of kids being sexually abused. He was storing on his laptop not only images of prepubescent and pubescent girls, but foul pornography of the gross sexual abuse of young children.

Our politicians and governments worldwide must unite and force internet providers to remove any filth, not just extreme, which must fuel the desires of deranged nutcases.

If there are politicians who object, they should be named and asked to explain why they will not support removing the filth from the internet.

Mr Cameron, our prime minister, and most other politicians are always making the point that they are family men; now for the sake of the family of April Jones they must act with some urgency so that her death will not be in vain.

John Connor, David Henderson Court, Dunfermline