In July we noted that Leith and Leith Walk wards were languishing at the bottom of the Edinburgh litter league table, according to an independent assessment undertaken by Keep Scotland Beautiful in June.
In October, Neighbourhood Manager, Ian Buchanan promised that extra street cleansing resources and better enforcement would see the area improve. And improve it has.
The latest statistics, which relate to a September survey show that the Leith Walk ward has seen the biggest improvement, with a cleanliness score improving from 64, to 67.
67 is the “minimum acceptable” score according to Keep Scotland Beautiful.
As the chart below shows the story for Leith Ward is less good. It remains at the bottom of the city litter league on a score of 61 – a long way away from that 67 minimum score. It has at least seen some marginal improvement, from 58 -61. Let’s hope that improvement trend continues.
Ward by ward details on enforcement activity are not published by the council, and so we know not whether there has been any improvement in this regard.
The council report discussing the September survey says in mitigation that the survey coincided with the introduction of the new fortnightly waste collection. It adds:
“Four barrow beats in Leith and Leith Walk have recently been introduced. Each of the barrow beats have been allocated a schedule of cleaning within these two Wards. Initially barrow beat operatives will concentrate on particular areas where thorough cleaning is required.”