Time for a renewed focus on Scotland’s cleanliness
We reported a year ago at Scotland's Local Environmental Quality Network Conference that, for the first time in ten years, our local environmental quality was in decline. We demanded that immediate action was taken to address what is a fundamental issue for local communities.
Following the publication of the report - Local Government in Scotland - Performance and Challenges 2017 - on 07 March 2017 by the Accounts Commission, we are calling for national and local politicians to prioritise the issue during and after this years local government elections while encouraging people to show respect for their own environment and change their littering behaviours.
Despite there being a direct link between the increased pressure on public spending and drop in standards, we believe that the issue can be tackled if given the strategic prominence it deserves. All sectors must come together to undertake coordinated action to reverse the decline.
Our Chief Executive, Derek Robertson, commented: “Despite cut backs, local councils are striving to meet and raise standards. However, we all have a shared responsibility to do more collectively and individually to protect and improve local environments.
“National and local politicians need to seriously consider whether Scotland can continue to afford to neglect such an important issue. Littering, dog-fouling and graffiti are not sexy subjects, yet they are the issues that matter to ordinary people and have a disproportionate impact on Scotland’s most vulnerable communities.
“We need to have a national debate about the way we treat our communities, and strong leadership and action from national and local politicians, to ensure that local environmental quality is addressed as a priority and behaviour is changed nationwide.”
Our report, Scotland’s local environmental quality in decline, was published in March 2016, and confirmed that after many years of improvement there is a deterioration in key local environmental quality indicators across the country. This included litter, dog fouling, flytipping, graffiti and flyposting.
The LEQ Network Awards lunch will take place on Wednesday 15 March in Stirling. There is still time to book a place to hear the latest updates.
07 March 2017