Clean up initiatives target South West Edinburgh

From today (Tuesday 24 April) Edinburgh’s South West Neighbourhood team will be starting a number of high profile clean-up initiatives in the Gorgie, Dalry and Fountainbridge areas of the city.

Dog fouling initiative

The South West Environmental Wardens will be carrying out an initiative on 24 & 26 April in Harrison Park to highlight the issues with dog fouling.

On these dates wardens will carry out patrols of the park from 7am until 10pm.  Fixed penalties will be issued to anyone caught not cleaning up after their dog and liquid chalk will also be used to highlight any dog poo which is left on the grass. It will then be arranged for Taskforce squads to remove the dog poo.

During these patrols wardens will also be offering dog fouling bags, information and advice in partnership with Community Safety teams and Lothian and Borders Police.

The initiative is designed to highlight the issue of dog fouling to irresponsible dog owners. It will also be run in Colinton Mains Park on 25 & 27 of April.

Anti-smoking litter initiative

In the next few weeks the South West Neighbourhood team will also be running an initiative to distribute smoking pouches to all relevant business establishments within the Gorgie and Dalry area. 
It is hoped that these pouches will discourage employees and customers who are smoking on the public highway from dropping cigarette litter.

Increased patrols will then be carried out and enforcement action taken in the form of a £50 fixed penalty issued to anyone seen littering.

Mike Avery, South West Neighbourhood Manager, said: "Keeping our streets clean and tidy is one of our top priorities. We want to encourage people to make a few small changes that could have a major impact on the appearance of the South West Neighbourhood.

"The vast majority of residents and visitors do clean up after themselves, but we are determined to target the irresponsible minority who drop cigarette ends or do not clean up after their dogs."

"Over the next few weeks our Roads inspectors will also be carrying out a thorough inspection of the Gorgie/Dalry Corridor.

"They will be noting any small scale works required such as broken or uneven paving slabs, surfacing defects and street furniture damage and scheduling them to be fixed over the next few months."

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