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SCOTLAND'S LOCAL ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY IN DECLINE

Scotland’s local environmental quality levels are starting to decline reveals new report.

A report 'Scotland's local environmental quality in decline' was published on 16 March 2016.  It confirms that after many years of improvements, we are now seeing a deterioration in key indicators across the country. The acknowledged indicators of ‘local environmental quality’ are litter, dog fouling, flytipping, graffiti, detritus, weed growth and flyposting.

 

The report is set to be the focus of Scotland's Local Environmental Quality Conference, an event which brings together a range of environmental organisations, including members of the Local Environmental Quality Network, which all face the challenge of arresting and reversing that decline despite financial challenges.

 

Speaking on launching the report, Derek Robertson, Chief Executive of Keep Scotland Beautiful, said: “This is an important report in the long history of action to improve Scotland’s environment. In a country where we owe so much of our economy to attracting visitors from across the globe, and where civic and social justice are so important to our national sense of wellbeing - this report makes it clear that we cannot stand by and watch whilst standards are clearly starting to decline.

 

“We can now confirm that deterioration has begun, and the trend will be firmly downward unless strategic action is taken quickly. We all have a part to play, in changing the behaviour of those in our society who act irresponsibly and create the problem, and in supporting the national effort that is required to make a real difference across the length and breadth of Scotland. However, we are calling for an overarching plan, which involves the public and private sectors, along with communities, to maximise the results of that effort.”

 

“Environmental quality needs priority attention. The evidence outlined in this report suggests that with political will, leadership and shared strategic action, we can reverse the deterioration and make sure that action to improve the environmental quality of Scotland really is prioritised.

 

“The time to act is now.”

 

The media release can be read here.

 

The full report can be downloaded here.

14 March 2016

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