Interactive: Punish litter louts who dirty streets, not soft target pub

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I WAS disgusted that the Polwarth Tavern has been fined 50 for one of its cardboard boxes being put in a normal rubbish bin (News, 12 November).

I have been drinking in the Polwarth Tavern since 2007 and I have found the managers to be very hospitable.

The pub has raised thousands of pounds for the Sick Kids Hospital by organising charity nights.

Instead of fining the pub the council should fine the litter louts who drop their litter at the bottom end of Yeaman Place. This area is covered with dog mess, stale food and rubbish. This leads to an influx of seagulls and also rats.

There are a number of dog owners in the area who regularly let their dogs foul the streets without bothering to put the dog mess in a plastic bag in the bin. They should be fined 50 instead. The council could raise a lot of money.

The reason why the pub has been targeted in this way is that it is a soft target and litter louts and irresponsible dog owners are harder to catch.

Luke Sellers, Edinburgh

Concerned about safety on bike ride

I AM desperately concerned to have read that TIE are now planning for there to be NO separate cycle lanes on Leith Walk or Princes Street, after promises from the council that current cycle provision would be either maintained or bettered and would be integrated into the future plans.

It surely cannot be the case that the council will allow plans to be passed that will prevent me from safely making my daily journey to work?

I cannot understand why one person on a bicycle is given less status and consideration in transport planning than one person in a car.

Most people in Leith do not own cars, and most people I know have a bicycle and if they don't already use that to travel, they would rather use that to travel IF the roads were made safer.

It really is dangerous enough as it is, and there is no doubt that this route will be even more dangerous if the current provision is taken away.

Laura Cameron-Lewis, Great Junction Street, Leith

Essential repairs to roads are ignored

WHEN is our council going to start fixing some of the roads and pavements in this city, which are becoming a disgrace?

The gutters on South Bridge have sunk and are full of indentations because the roads are so narrow. Pools of water gather there every time it rains.

Anyone walking down from Chambers Street to Hunter Square on a wet day is guaranteed to get a soaking on both sides of this stretch of road because of our council's inability to properly maintain these main thoroughfares.

Because most of the pavements are narrow in this city pedestrians cannot go anywhere to miss the soaking they will get when buses, lorries and cars use this city centre road. This is a problem that is getting increasingly worse.

It is not the first time I have heard other people cursing as cars go by and they get soaked with water that sprays on them.

These potholes did not appear overnight, they are there because of wear and tear and they are caused by many years of neglect. Why are the roads and pavements in Edinburgh not being repaired or resurfaced when our council can find so much money for other projects which most people would class as not being essential?

Andrew Murphy, Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Tram sign sets alarm bells ringing

JOHN Eoin Douglas (Letters, 12 November) manages to completely miss the point about the "No Smoking" signs to be found at tram roadworks at the top of Leith Walk.

If these signs are being erected to counter a genuine danger from smoking near the roadworks, then it should concern us all.

What measures are being taken to enforce the signs? Could a spark from a passing car or a mobile phone also cause problems?

If public safety is really at risk, the whole road should be closed forthwith and a suitable exclusion zone established notwithstanding the total disruption this would cause to city life.

If the danger is imaginary, what on earth is TIE playing at in erecting these scaremongering signs and causing potential alarm to the public?

John Hein, Montgomery Street, Edinburgh