Locals have long expressed a desire to see street clutter removed from the main streets of Leith.
As far back as 2009, our consultation on barriers to Active Travel identified poor ‘pedestrian infrastructure’ as among the main barriers preventing people from choosing to walk more often, and in 2012, de-cluttering Leith Walk by tackling trade waste bins, emerged in the top 10 of our Vision for Leith Walk Consultation.
Therefore, we’re pretty sure most people, although not all local traders, will welcome news that the council has managed to cut the number of trade waste bins on Leith Walk from 116 to just 12. It’s made a huge improvement to the appearance of the street, although it’s been somewhat masked whilst the street is in the midst of another round of roadworks.
The cull was achieved after the council decided to start actually using its powers to control street bins properly. Officials made sure traders did not store their waste bins permanently on the street – as essentially some businesses were treating their huge trade waste bins as an extension of their premises.
Instead local businesses are now required to put their waste out for collection only during designated collection windows.
After the success of the Leith Walk pilot, the city council has agreed this month to extend the crack down on trade waste bins to other areas of the city. So, it looks like other Leith streets could also soon see a significant reduction in trade waste bin clutter.