Letters

Sunday, 08 May 2022
Dear Spurtle, As has been noted here previously, both the City Centre ward and the Leith Walk ward were blessed with a smorgasbord of candidates for…
Monday, 25 April 2022
Dear Spurtle, An interesting City Centre hustings. If there’d been more time I’d have liked to hear answers to my question: Why should local voters…
Thursday, 14 April 2022
Dear Spurtle, By just walking round the city, there is clear evidence that bin hubs not only look unsightly but encourage fly-tipping.   Can any…
Dear Spurtle, I note that the two areas with the most candidates for the upcoming Local Government Election are Wards 11 (City Centre, 13) and 12 (…
Thursday, 17 February 2022
Dear Spurtle, I am sure you are familiar with the 'waste land' behind Drummond Lawn Tennis Club. Some five years ago in that wasteland – see…
Monday, 22 November 2021
Dear Spurtle, We need to talk about these bin-hubs. Not hard to see the attraction, is it? The local elite taken down a peg or two. Give ’em a…
Monday, 30 August 2021
Dear Spurtle, I refer to the item on page 2 of Spurtle's Issue 309. I’m afraid your heading '25% Social housing for Ediston development' is…
Thursday, 26 August 2021
Dear Spurtle, The bin outside 6 Scotland Street was dropped on its side a week ago when the Council tried to empty it. This is not a complaint about…
Monday, 09 August 2021
Dear Spurtle, I'm a little late to the party ('Private cars – a problem shared'), but this is an important subject and deserves thought and debate…
Thursday, 18 March 2021
Dear Spurtle, I was most upset to read about the accident suffered by the Editor of the Spurtle on George Street at the end of last week ('Knee…
Thursday, 11 March 2021
Dear Spurtle, I am writing in response to the letter from Michael Worobec of 8 Feb, castigating those of us who objected to the new development…
Monday, 08 February 2021
Dear Spurtle, I am writing to vent my frustration at the loud arbiters of taste amongst us who carp on about ugly modern architecture and…
Monday, 16 November 2020
Dear Spurtle, As a resident of Broughton, I am becoming increasingly dismayed by the preponderence of estate agents' To Let & For Sale signs…
Friday, 14 August 2020
Dear Spurtle, The abruptly cancelled August Leith Central Community Council meeting was to have included a presentation and Q&A on Drum’s…
Tuesday, 28 July 2020
Dear Spurtle,  Lots of talk about Broughton Street redevelopment. Lots of talk about safety etc., but just along the road another major…
Friday, 24 July 2020
Dear Spurtle, There are half-a-dozen varieties of swift in Europe; and I personally can claim a ‘first’, by identifying Alpine swifts (bigger,…
Tuesday, 30 June 2020
Dear Spurtle, After three-and-a-half long months, many of us independent retailers finally opened our doors again yesterday.  Messages of support…
Wednesday, 19 February 2020
Dear Spurtle,  In times when we are increasingly expect to know where our sausages come from and who writes the books we read, I’m surprised…
Monday, 03 February 2020
Dear Spurtle, In your February issue (Briefly, p. 2), your in-house 'awkward squad' rightly points out that this site is not in Leith…
Wednesday, 04 December 2019
Dear Spurtle,    This is a bit distasteful, sorry – but has there been an increase in human defecation in public places around Broughton…