From our edition of November 22, 2013
Sir , - I am a local resident living in the Varney Estate with two primary school age children. My wife and I are generally supportive of the current proposals for the derelict Ferrymuir Gait site in South Queensferry.
This design offers a significant improvement to the previous application for high rise flats with its roads rather than streets approach to access. This proposal puts streets first, and this has much to offer both local resident across the whole of South Queensferry and cyclists from across Scotland who use the National Cycle Network. The proposals do require further design development and this is acknowledged by the applicant and their design team.
This is our chance to help make the most of an opportunity by influencing the design for the wider good.
If we simply reject this largely positive intervention into South Queensferry over this single issue however, we will all suffer the likely consequences including; a less walkable community, less safe street and road network, less economic benefit for the Town centre, more pollution, increased congestion and parking and less passive surveillance onto an important local park. – Yours etc.,
Sir, - I would like to say a special thank you to all who attended the Armistice Festival at the church and Cenotaph and a special thanks to the children from the youth organisations and schools who have given us much pleasure watching them play their parts at the service.
I would like to give my personal thanks to our new standard bearers Derek Taylor and Andrew Aitken, Piper Walter Williamson and Parade Commander Charlie Gilfillan and also the local councillors who attended the service. It was a lovely day, a wee bit cold, but still I am sure all who attended enjoyed the service.
There is still work to be done to make this a day to remember for us all. Next year will be a special year, as it will the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I, August 4, 1914. After the service at Falkirk Town Hall on Saturday, we had a discussion regarding the Cenotaphs. They only show the fallen from the two World Wards. Since 1945 there have been several threats of war - Falklands, Iraq, Vietnam for America and no doubt there would have been a number of deaths and injuries from these conflicts but, none have been inscribed on the cenotaphs. Maybe someone from the top of the tree should look into this.
So, once more on behalf of the Royal British Legion Committee, I say thank you much. Yours etc.,
Mr John Bell B.E.M.
Royal British Legion