Longer suffering subscribers to this blog will recall that for much of 2012 we spent our time pointing out that Leith was often to be found languishing somewhere toward the bottom of the street litter league table of Edinburgh.
Fast forward to 2014 and we’re now pleased to be able to report some good news on street litter at least.
A council report summarising the results of recent independent litter surveys of the city undertaken by Keep Scotland Beautiful, show that possibly for the first time ever (or March 2012 anyway), Leith ward has scored more highly than the city average.
Every quarter, Keep Scotland Beautiful staff, score a randomly selected set of streets around the city on a set of environmental indicators, including litter.
This allows them to put together a “Cleanliness Index” for each ward, with 67 representing a minimum acceptable standard.
As the chart above shows both Leith and Leith Walk wards have scored above the ‘minimum acceptable’ standard of 67 for a whole year.
Leith ward in particular seems to have seen a sustained improvement in its street cleansing score. This is by no means the case in other parts of the city, particularly those with significant pockets of higher than average levels of deprivation like Leith.
So, credit it where it’s due, Leith council cleansing staff we salute you (plus all the Leithers who put their litter in a bin)!