Letters to the editor

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Inappropriate riders’ route?

Sir,- I was somewhat appalled to see, one afternoon recently, two girls riding large hunters down the lane off Blackness Road next to St Michael’s RC church which runs down to the loch.
The lane, which is a 
public footpath, is only a 
little more than a metre wide and is quite a busy thoroughfare for walkers and families with young children.
I shudder to think what would have happened if these 
riders had met a mother with a 
buggy and children half way down the path.

The lane is enclosed on either side so there is very little room to pass.

Horses, as we know, can sometimes be spooked causing them to bolt or rear up which obviously can have dangerous consequences especially in 
a confined space such as 
this.

Riders, in my opinion, should never take horses down this path and I hope that West 
Lothian Council will consider some sort of enforcement from a public safety position in order to ensure this. – Yours etc.

Bob Anderson

Blackness Road

Linlithgow

Thanks to MSP Fiona

Sir, – Everyone at 6th South Queensferry Brownie Unit would like to thank Fiona Hyslop MSP for taking time out of her very busy schedule to meet with us last week.

The girls all had some very serious and important questions relating to our ‘Girls Matter: Hear Our Voice’ programme and everyone enjoyed hearing about what it was like to be a female in politics.

We also enjoyed getting to know Fiona more and learning about her views on less serious but important issues such as the existence of unicorns!

The girls, and leaders, enjoyed it very much and we really appreciate Fiona giving of her time to us.

We’d also like to thank her assistant at the Parliament, Jennifer Adam, for organising the visit. – Yours etc.,

Debbie MacAulay

Unit Leader

6th South Queensferry

Brownie Unit

What is the problem?

Sir, – I am rather mystified by the controversy surrounding the art installation, The Guardian of The Bridges, reported on your front page (Queensferry edition) last week.

From what I gather, local residents near The Binks car park are not keen to have it sited there.

Meantime, members of the VAT Run would positively welcome it.

As well as providing a network of walking and cycling paths, the group would be happy to create an artistic trail.

It would be easy enough to attract further funding, and develop a new set of paths around the Guardian.

This would further enhance this recreational facility.

The Vat Run is also directly below the Forth Road Bridge and would therefore be a very suitable site. Where exactly is the problem? – Yours etc.,

Joyce Faulkner

South Queensferry

But more work still to be done

Sir, – Many readers will have seen the news this week that lifesaving meningitis vaccination programmes will begin this summer.

However, this doesn’t mean meningitis is beaten. There are still strains for which there is no vaccine.

There will still be people who are not protected by these vaccine programmes and there are still people struggling to rebuild their lives following their experience of meningitis.

If you are aged 16 or over and have either had meningitis yourself, or a family member or close friend has, we would like to hear from you.

By taking part in our survey you will be making a really important contribution to our work, improving our understanding of your needs, wants and aspirations and helping to inform our priorities.

Please visit www.MeningitisNow.org for more information or to take part. - Yours etc.,

Sue Davie

Chief Executive

Meningitis Now

Stroud, Gloucestershire

Women in engineering

Sir, - Women represent just six per cent of engineers, one of the lowest percentages in Europe.

If we continue to fail to attract women into engineering, the UK will be in a significantly weakened position to find the 1.82 million engineers it is estimated the country will need.

I can say with confidence that working as a female engineer is one of the most exciting and challenging places to be. But the main challenge for me is how we get the next generation of career women to realise this. - Yours etc.,

Naomi Climer

President-elect

Institution of Engineering and Technology

London