Move on and embrace a positive step for future

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Now that the Planning Committee has granted approval for the Accies scheme (News, August 1), can we please accept it and move on?

Launching a judicial review would be an attempt to put off a development which many agree with. The top people in the community council in their response do not reflect all of their members, nor their audience.

As a regular shopper and diner in Stockbridge, I am more likely to go more often with this development. The use of bus services is my prefered transport to go to Stockbridge, so parking would not be an issue for me, nor probably many others.

This is a positive development that should be embraced by all of us.

Graham Davidson, Sighthill, Edinburgh

The time of the small custodian now here

For one nation to be ruled by another is simply inappropriate, no matter how benevolent that rule is.

Fewer than 500 persons or institutions owning more than 80 per cent of the land of a nation – as in Scotland – is equally inappropriate in a modern world, no matter how well that land is administered.

We are well along the road to correcting one of those anomalies, because one day Scotland will be independent again – whether I like it or not.

It may not happen next year, but, if Scotland is still a stand-alone nation it is an inevitability which will not be put off indefinitely. In my lifetime? Possibly not. In my children’s lifetimes? Almost certainly.

The Scottish Parliament Land Reform Review Group has been bombarded with co-ordinated submissions from the large landowners lobbying for land ownership status quo – they are the only ones who can economically administer land, they claim, and that to make land easier to buy for small owners or their tenant farmers would be a disaster.

Our parliament has a duty to its electors to make the land-owning interests understand that the day of the lairds is over.

The aristo-owners love to loftily describe themselves as “custodians” rather than owners of their millions of acres – well, the time of the small custodian has finally arrived, and it is the duty of parliament to facilitate it.

David Fiddimore, Nether Craigwell, Calton Road, Edinburgh

Give council chief a chance to fail again

Why don’t we just let city council chief executive Sue Bruce take on this second job (Unions on attack as council chief takes second job, News, July 18)?

She’ll be back to the council in no time if she lets SSE down as badly as she has let Edinburgh’s citizens down with the multi-million pound property repairs scandal, the tram fiasco and that awful business of the babies’ ashes.

Her motivation seems to be self interest rather than the interests of the people.

John Addison, Roslin, Midlothian

The false pretext of ‘saving the planet’

Germany has more than 22,200 wind turbines but its CO2 emissions are still rising and they have the highest electricity bills in Europe.

Doesn’t this tell you something?

In 2011 Chancellor Merkel ordered the country’s eight oldest atomic reactors to shut down.

To fill this generating shortfall Mrs Merkel wants electricity companies to build modern gas and coal-fired generators.

Yes you read correctly – coal and gas – and carbon capture and storage is still a pipe dream.

Australia, Germany and Spain are already slashing green subsidies and the Czech Republic’s government has voted to end support for renewables power generation.

When historians look back at this era, they will point out that billions of dollars/pounds/euros have been extracted from ordinary people and ruining economies on the criminally false pretext of saving the planet.

Clark Cross, Springfield Road, Linlithgow

Is feel-good factor actually propaganda?

Its nice to know that after historical events such as the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the Olympic Games and some decent summer weather, Britons are apparently enjoying a feel-good factor.

I wonder though if this is an accurate picture taking things such as the recession and the policy of austerity into account or if just timely government propaganda.

Angus McGregor, Edinburgh

Lottery funds help support vital work

We were delighted to recently receive a donation of £152,000 from People’s Postcode Lottery draws.

This means since 2010, players of People’s Postcode Lottery have raised more than £500,000 to help WWF Scotland with its important work on issues such as tackling climate change and safeguarding the nation’s tremendous marine environment.

Our recent successes include Earth Hour, which saw more people than ever switching off their lights for an hour in March to show they care about climate change, and the once in a decade reform of fishing rules across Europe, which will result in more fish and healthier seas.

We’re delighted that all of our hard work and determination has been recognised in this way and the continued support of People’s Postcode Lottery players allows us to continue to make a difference.

Many thanks to players and the team at People’s Postcode Lottery for their ongoing support and encouragement for all that we do here in Scotland working towards a future where people and nature thrive.

Lang Banks, director, WWF Scotland