Greener Leith volunteers relish working in partnership with other organisations, as our regular readers will know, so we thought we’d post an update on some of the recent WINS we’ve managed to secure in Leith.
First off, remember local resident Angus Miller and his battle to get some double yellow lines repainted in the colonies?
We published a guest post by Angus on the 11th of June where he explained how he had asked several nice council workers nicely over a period of years to repaint the missing yellow lines – but no action was ever taken. No action – even though they were put there in the first place to make sure fire engines could get access into the narrow colony streets at all times.
Well, just a few days after the blog post went up Angus sent us the photo above showing some newly painted yellow lines that had miraculously appeared in the colonies. Fancy that eh?
But if that wasn’t enough of a WIN, you may recall the story of another frustrated resident, Mr Kleszyk, of Dryden Terrace.
He has been trying to get dumping on the railway line near his house tidied up for ages – and we first published an account of experience on the 22nd of May.
Since then, we’ve been trying to persuade Network Rail Scotland, who are the body responsible for maintaining this land to clear up the mess.
A service request was submitted through their website, photos have been tweeted to them, council officers were enlisted to the cause at the Clean Leith forum, and conversations have been had where “Litter Abatement Orders” may have been mentioned.
One month later and Network Rail Scotland have still not confirmed a date for when they will clear up this area. But, there has been progress and yes we’re going to tempt fate and book this as another WIN.
On Twitter they confirmed that they have put the job out to tender and that the area will be cleared “in the near future.”
— Network Rail Scot (@NetworkRailSCOT) June 21, 2013
See? Partnership working in action. FTW.*
Just imagine the scale of the WIN that could be achieved if public bodies fixed the things they are responsible for fixing the first time someone reported them?
If you know of a partnership opportunity for Greener Leith to get involved in, then don’t hesitate to get in touch to let us know.
*FTW = “For The Win.”