The Leith Neighbourhood Partnership “Cleaner Leith” forum approaches, and just in time there’s a glimmer of good news, at least if you live in the Leith Ward.
Having languished at the bottom of the city league table at times, and been below “acceptable” standards for more than a year, the Leith Ward has finally been assessed as making the magic 67, which is deemed a minimum acceptable standard by Keep Scotland Beautiful – the folk who do the independent surveys.
Sadly, if you live in Leith Walk ward the news is not so good. In the December 2012 survey the ward showed a dramatic improvement in cleanliness, and scored above the city average at 72. By March 2013, the ward had dropped to the bottom of the litter league table, only managing a below acceptable standard, 65.
Council officers explain the street cleansing fail in Leith Walk ward thus: “The City Centre and Leith Neighbourhood was surveyed on Friday 8th and Monday 18th March. The second part of the survey was preceded by a period of snowfall and low temperatures which restricted the use of mechanical sweepers; this impacted on cleanliness standards achieved in Ward 12 during this assessment.
“The majority of litter noted in the unacceptable transects related to pedestrian litter (particularly smoking related) dog fouling and waste material that had escaped from business and domestic waste containers. The Task Force team continue to work alongside Waste Services and Environmental Wardens to address these issues.”
Of course, we could maybe claim credit for a wee bit of the improvement seen in Leith Ward as this survey covers the period just after we ran our Love Leith campaign – afterall more than 1200 people have seen the video clips we made encouraging folk to pick up litter and clear up after their dogs.
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