The latest independent litter survey results for Leith have been released, and they show that two local wards, Leith and Restalrig and Craigentinny, have failed to make the national litter standard of 67 again.
No wards in the wider area, apart from Inverleith, managed to meet the council’s own internal target of 72.
Local council officers are increasingly keen to focus on the long term trend in these scores, rather than the results of an individual survey, so this time we’ve presented the results a bit differently.
The map above – if it doesn’t display properly on your device try viewing it here – will bring up a chart showing six quarters of litter surveys in your neighbourhood if you click on the bit where you live.
As you can see, over the last six quarters of the survey the Leith Ward has been below the city average for all of them. In only one of those months, the area met the national standard of 67. In the latest survey, street litter got worse again.
It’s a different story in Leith Walk ward though. There the street cleansing service managed to deliver a score above the minimum standard of 67 this month. In three out of the last six surveys this area managed to beat this standard.
Unsurprisingly, Cllr Brock, who represents Leith Walk ward and chairs the Clean Leith Forum, a body that aims to tackle the scourge of street litter, chose to focus on the Leith Walk result when she tweeted earlier about the survey.
— Deidre Brock (@DeidreBrock) August 21, 2013
The Restalrig and Craigentinny Ward is outside Cllr Brock’s area of responsibility, the Clean Leith Forum only covers the Leith and Leith Walk ward.
However, street cleansing standards in this neighbourhood seem to be on a downward slide. This area got the lowest score in the entire city in the last survey.
Councillors are set to discuss the results at next weeks Transport and Environment Committee.