The latest independent street cleansing survey results will make disappointing reading for anyone who lives in the Leith Neighbourhood Partnership area, as the Leith ward has been named as the most litter-strewn in the city.
As the graph below shows, the Leith, Leith Walk and City Centre wards come at the bottom of the ward league table for litter in June. The three wards are also the only ones in the city that don’t meet national cleanliness standards set out by Keep Scotland Beautiful – which is a score of 67 or more.
The three wards are managed by the same neighbourhood management team.
In response to the scores officials have already pledged to boost the level of resources allocated to the Leith Wards. According to the report where the figures were released:
“Ward 11 (City Centre) achieved a score of 66, just missing the national target of 67. A percentage clean result of 95 was achieved in this Ward.
“Ward 12 (Leith Walk) received a score of 64 with 86% clean and Ward 13 (Leith) received a score of 58 with 79% clean.
“Data shows that three D grades and four C grades were noted during this survey. These grades related to fly tipping around communal bins and smoking related litter near licensed premises in Ward 13 (Leith)
“In recognition of the poor results in the Leith Walk and Leith Ward arrangements have been made to introduce four additional staff on each shift dedicated to barrow beats and walk-behind mechanical sweepers on Leith Walk, Great Junction Street, Duke Street and part of Constitution Street.
“Additional resources were also put in place to cover the summer festivals with agency staff being used to supplement local Neighbourhood Task Force.
“In addition, the Environmental Warden resource was increased from 7 to 13 staff over the Festival period, working extended hours to manage issues relating to domestic and trade waste, table and chair occupation and any general littering problems.”
It is not clear whether the new barrow beats proposed in this report are additional to the ones announced in the Leith Improvement Plan report a few weeks ago.
Update: In a council press release issued on this subject, Cllr Lesley Hinds, Transport Convenor said:
“Naturally, we would like every part of the city to do well, but there are particular problems in some areas. Obviously, the festival period puts a great deal of strain on our resources, but there are also problems with cigarette littering outside pubs and people fly-tipping at communal bins.
“We will continue our work to keep the streets clean but we also call on everyone in Edinburgh to be responsible and play their part in maintaining our beautiful city.”