Letters

Clouds gather overlooking Greenlaw from Whiteside.
Clouds gather overlooking Greenlaw from Whiteside.

Club gives town national sporting identity

SIR, - In view of Mr Norman Thompson’s observations regarding Coldstream Football Club’s plans which were aired in last week’s ‘Berwickshire News’, we would like to make the following points:

The character of the park was dramatically altered some years ago when Berwickshire District Council, not the football club, turned it into three level sports pitches, getting rid of the cricket wicket in the process!

People with knowledge of the park know that apart from football it is little used. The children’s play area would be unaffected by the club’s plans and Civic Week’s usage would continue as previously.

As the perimeter fence would only be erected on two sides of the pitch, the view to the hills and woods would only be affected if you stood close up to the fence.

Coldstream Football Club gives the town a national sporting identity.

Most of the Border towns have a sporting identity through rugby and football, but Coldstream has only football. Do we seriously want to endanger 117 years of sporting tradition? The current custodians of the club like the many, many volunteers before them are doing their utmost to maintain its position in Scottish Football.

We note from the columns of this newspaper that Duns Football Club was re-established as an East of Scotland Club only last year after 40 years absence and have extensive plans to develop their ground and amenities. This seems to have the full support of the council and other local interests.

We say good luck to them, but would it not be more than a little ironic if Duns were to prosper and gain membership of the SFA with the people of Coldstream perhaps voting to send their club in the opposite direction?

JOCK LAW, WILL MURRAY, HARRY BRYDON.

Many potential problems at Home Park

SIR, - It is disappointing that Mr Tait failed to deal in his letter with the practical everyday concerns which and I others share in relation to the proposed re-development of Home Park which will fundamentally alter the character of the Park forever.

There are many potential problems arising from the proposals, a few of which I will mention here.

My first concern is safety or feeling comfortable in the Park. I for one do not relish the prospect of walking through the Park of a winter’s evening knowing I am approaching an 8ft wall without being able to see who or what is lurking in the shadows on the other side of this fence. Mr Tait is right. There will be no vennel. Instead the closure of the top pitch will create a prison yard-like compound.

If you stand on the kick off spot at present you enjoy uninterrupted views across the Park, the town and Hirsel. Once the wall is erected you will see absolutely nothing. A parent who currently has a kick about on the top pitch with one child will not be able to keep an eye on another child anywhere else in the Park. The enclosure will no doubt then fall out of public use. I wonder whose interests that is in?

Further, the erection of gates at either end of the path – a key thoroughfare from one part of the village to another – will create an awkward hurdle for the disabled either on foot or in buggies. Mr Tait tries to reassure that this is all for just two hours a week. However, the wall will be there 24/7 along with all the inconvenience it causes.

There is a real danger if the proposal is approved of creating what in a couple of years will be a dilapidated industrial eyesore, covered in graffiti at the heart of a once beautiful park.

Residents of Coldstream should by all means participate in the mini-referendum but if they have real concerns please make them known through the real planning process. Incidentally you will need the full planning reference – 13/00101/Ful – as neither a postcode search nor key word search brings up the application on SBC’s website.

GORDON SMITH,

The Old School House, Coldstream.

Ruining the public park?

SIR, - With reference to a letter in the ‘News’ (February 14), is Gerald Tait clairvoyant as his statement that “it would never be attempted to create a vennel between the old school wall and the pitch” is subject to the SFA never demanding further changes to the proposed fence.

No cast iron guarantee exists that cannot be broken. A wishlist that all junior clubs have a tunnel from the pavilion/changing rooms to the pitch cannot be ruled out and further demands could be coming.

No mention in his letter about the other monstrosity to be erected - the 100 seater stand. On a cold wet winter day three spectators is usually the maximum. Will there be room in the stand? In all honesty the club cannot count the referee, the linesmen, the substitutes and the committee as spectators.

Have the club seen it as a done deal that the changes will go ahead as they have already removed a seat from the public path to the pavilion?

Why can the club not seek a field outwith town instead of ruining the public park?

There are around 1,400 other people in town as opposed to the 200 supposed to have a connection to the club.

ROBERT DICKSON,

Cheviot Terrace, Coldstream.

Madman at work!

SIR, - I read that Scottish Borders Council is experiencing “a difficult economic climate with more demands placed on the council than ever before” (according to David Parker - Berwickshire News of February 14) and yet has found money to install a “top of the range” automatic security gate at the new exit site at the Duns amenity centre/rubbish dump. I wonder which madman authorised this expense and for what purpose?

CHRIS OLLEY,

Market Square, Duns.

Tracing relatives

SIR, - I am writing in the hope that you will be able to help trace any descendants/relatives of my grandmother’s family. Her name was Isabella Young, born in Eyemouth circa 1870. She was one of the girls that followed the herring fleet around the coast as a gutter/packer. She married a fisherman from Arbroath and settled to raise a family. I remember her as a kind person that always had time for me. I would be pleased to hear from any of the descendants of her parents. My telephone number is 01241874710 or email mcsjim25@yahoo.com

JANE MARTIN,

Camus Road, Arbroath.

Eyemouth Fort public meeting

SIR, - The Friends of Eyemouth Fort are hosting a Public Meeting to which all members of the public are invited in Gunsgreen House at 7pm on March 6. Mr Tom Dawson and team from St Andrews University, part of the SCAPE Trust will be giving a presentation, explaining the Historical and Archaeological importance of Eyemouth Fort. Members of the public will also be given the chance to see what the Friends and the local groups involved hope to achieve with the expertise provided by St Andrews University in their commitment to ensure that the preservation, interpretation and promotion of the Fort are attained and sustained for the benefit of the Town.

FIONA GLOVER, convenor.

No ‘warming’

SIR, - I note with concern a near coincidence of numbers - the amount of money raised by the sale of equity in homes in the Borders (BN 21 February p8) is within a whisker of the £1.5million we pay in energy bills annually to support the Duke of Roxburgh.

Prudent people who owned their own properties are being forced by rising prices to part with their homes in order to keep body and soul together. The Government is closing down efficient coal, gas and nuclear power stations in favour of wind farms on the Lammermuirs in the name of “Global Warming”. There has been no ‘warming’ for more than a decade despite carbon emissions increasing exponentially.

The whole story about man-made global warming has been a scam from the very start in 1988 when Mrs Thatcher, in her last move to destroy the miner’s unions, demonised burning fossil fuels and launched the global warming myth. In fairness, she retracted her claims later but the myth remains, promoted by venal, gullible or sycophantic politicians, to penalise the thrifty and further enrich the richest in the Borders as energy prices soar and the dangers of power cuts increase.

DR F.F. ROBB,

North Street, Eyemouth.