From our postbag

editorial image

Pensioners’ thanks for train triip

Sir, – On behalf of the pensioners who accepted and attended the very kind invitation of Linlithgow and Bo’ness Rotary Club to go on the steam train trip on Saturday, May 23. May I say it was a brilliant day 
and there were so many people there.

We had a great time and were very well looked after by Ian Wallace and his companions.

Thank you for the very kind invitation and we appreciated the hard work and arrangements this must have taken.

Again, our thanks to you all. _ Yours etc.,

Sheila McGaw


Linlithgow Pensioners’


48 Merker Terrace


Supermarket proposal

Sir, – I am indebted to Nicholas Leonard, chairman of Linlithgow Against Supermarket Developments.

He has updated members on the planning application by Mactaggart and Mickel for a small supermarket on the Edinburgh Road on the site of a former petrol station.

The development manager, Chris Norman, is recommending to the West Lothian Council committee that the proposal be accepted.

There are already sufficient supermarkets to service Linlithgow.

What about the existing shops which will be effected?

They will all lose trade so do we really want more empty shops and more charity shops? – Yours etc.,

Clark Cross

138 Springfield Road


Alternative diet

Sir, – The on-air killing of a rabbit by a Danish radio presenter, who then cooked and ate the animal, has caused a public outcry around the world.

Whilst I agree that animals should never have to suffer for entertainment, millions of rabbits are farmed and killed for meat in the UK every year in far worse circumstances.

Almost one billion chickens, sheep, cows and pigs are slaughtered and butchered for the nation’s dinner plates each year.

Each one of them is an individual with the same capacity for love, fear, affection and pain as any pet we share our home with.

If people are upset by the death of Allan the rabbit, I would urge them to think of all of those other animals too and consider dropping meat from their diet to ensure fewer have to suffer and die. Readers can request free information from Animal Aid by calling 01732 364546 or by visiting – Yours etc.,

Ben Martin

Animal Aid

The Old Chapel, Tonbridge

New flight path planned

Sir, – In June Edinburgh Airport trials an additional departure route which will allow it to cope with the projected growth in passenger numbers.

The route, it says, was chosen with care for their neighbours as it passes over the minimum number of residential areas.

Nevertheless residents a distance away from the route as well as those along it will suffer greater noise pollution.

The values at ground level close to the flight path are expected to be 92 decibels at Broxburn and Uphall and 84dB at Ecclesmachan, Bridgend, Kingscavil and Philpstoun. These are levels of loudness are equivalent to those experienced from heavy traffic on a busy major road and are considerably greater than the 57 dB considered by the Government to be the threshold for disruption.

Adjacent areas such as the Springfield Road area of Linlithgow will experience an increase in noise from the existing quiet baseline of about 45dB to 75dB each time that a plane passes.

Despite being three kilometres away from the route at Philpstoun the noise heard at Springfield area will be equivalent to that of a loud vacuum cleaner in operation.

The Scottish Government prefers economic growth to austerity as a way of generating tax revenue with which to pay off public debt.

So it will probably welcome the proposed airport initiative.

However residents of the area should be aware that it is they who will pay the price of airport growth with reductions in their quality of life.

The airport says that quieter planes will be chosen for the trial but does this means that even noisier planes will be used on the route if it comes into full operation? –Yours etc.,

Dr. J.M. Armstrong

Grange View


Interference with nesting

Sir, – I refer to your article in the Journal and Gazette of May 29 ‘‘Oystercatchers Evicted’’

Oystercatchers are a protected species under the Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981. Part of this act makes it illegal to interfere or destroy nesting habitat.

The roof of the Regent Centre was covered with gravel which had made this a ideal nesting area for this lovely bird for more than 10 years.

I’ve watch these birds thrive, returning each year to the delight of many from the town,

However this nesting season is a disaster with no nests as the gravel was removed .

Why didn’t the contractor not replace the gravel once repairs were completed which would have allowed these birds to nest this year?

I intend to report this action to SNH for their action as this is clearly a offence. – Yours etc.,

Douglas Hanley

Rowan Tree Cottage

Hillhouse Farm, Linlithgow


Sir, – The Boys’ Brigade rely heavily on the time, skills and creativity, our volunteers give.

Volunteers come from all walks of life and not one of them seeks reward; instead they go about their good work quietly, continuously performing an invaluable service.

Our members also volunteer across the country, particularly when working for their Queen’s Badge or Duke of Edinburgh Awards.

This week we are celebrating young men gaining the Queen’s Badge.

The Boys’ Brigade in Scotland has 4500 volunteers who help care for 20,000 young people.

We would like to say a big thank you to all our volunteers and there’s always room for more. I would urge anyone who would like to get involved to contact their local BB Company. – Yours etc.,

Bill Stevenson

Director, Scotland

The Boys’ Brigade