Letters to the Editor

Another ivory tower

I am furious that Midlothian Council are looking to move into the old high school.

It is surely a case of the council looking after themselves as usual. At least they have perfectly viable buildings.

As a resident of Woodburn, I have seen our Community Centre knocked to the ground, leading to many clubs to be left displaced and homeless. A perfectly good preschool playroup and nursery had to close.

There are little or no decent facilities in the area and the promised ‘hub’ does not seem to be anywhere in sight.

So no I think the council should do what they are meant to do, provide facilities for the people of Midlothian and not look after themselves again by creating another ivory tower.

Claire Reidie

Taylor Place, Dalkeith

Dying town

i think its wrong for the Council to be thinking about using the old Dalkeith High School site for a new HQ.

Dalkeith is a dying town as it is, we really dont need any more empty buildings (and then there’s the offices in the surrounding areas!) seems very like they waited till the area was rid of the asbestos and then went in for the kill.

What about making the area a sort of Mall, or something containing activities for kids and teenagers – even something people from outside the area could come and spend a day (activity centre etc).

The Council pipe on about how it would save money – but where’s the funds coming from in the first place? Council tax rise - AGAIN?? Think they should worry more about the downward spiral Dalkeith is in and worry more about the longevity of the town and less about where they can have comfortable coffee mornings pretending to work!

Lindon Mackenzie

(via Facebook)

Turbine debate

The front page spread and letter from Professor Trewavas (Advertiser, August 16) opposing wind turbines near Penicuik could be seen to polarise an issue which calls for deeper discussion.

From experience of a Royal Society of Edinburgh Inquiry into Facing up to Climate Change (2011) I would like to pose some issues that need wider debate.

1. When China and India achieve a standard of living approaching that of Europe the global demand for energy is likely to increase by ~ 40%. This will surely increase the cost of energy produced by conventional means and it seems sensible for us in the UK to invest in alternatives.

2. Global climatic change resulting from burning fossil fuels is with us. The Arctic is losing summer sea ice at an exceptionally fast rate and the predicted result, an increase in extreme weather, is already affecting us in the UK. The quicker the world stops burning fossil fuels and moves to renewables the better.

3. Wind turbines are one technology that can help, especially when linked to modern methods of electricity storage. The initial subsidy kick-started the industry and already onshore costs have fallen close to those of conventional alternatives. In some places wind is already cheaper than alternatives. A lot depends on the time scale used: a gas power station is relatively cheap to build but expensive to run, while