'Week of Action' in the Southside

posted 27 Feb 2009, 01:58 by South Edinburgh Net Admin   [ updated 27 Feb 2009, 02:04 ]
There is to be a ‘Week of Action’ in the Southside, from 16-20 March.   See the following extract from the Southside Association minutes:

…….the Week of Action which will take place from Monday 16 March to Friday 20 March, starting in Nicolson Street and working south as far as Newington Road, and including all the side streets which feed east towards the Pleasance/St Leonard’s corridor, and west towards the Potterrow/Causewayside corridor. There would be plenty publicity, including posters, press releases, and the sleeve of the Outlook Magazine published by the Council. Council staff from various departments would be on hand, as well as the police and fire and rescue service. The idea was to give the area a good ‘spring clean’, similar to the same successful exercise carried out in Leith in the recent past. Issues to be tackled include examining use of ‘A’ boards, waste disposal from shops, road and pavement repairs, and street lights repairs; specialist services such as chewing gum and graffiti removal will be used, and gully cleaning done. Problems identified on Day 1 will be corrected on Day 2, and so on, and a map showing the five zones was distributed……. As many problems as possible will be rectified during the week.

  • Community Clean-Up Event taking place at 2pm on 14th March to kick start the week. Meeting point is end of Brown Street. See attached flier. We will be giving out a prize to the person who collects the most rubbish (prize tbc - if you want to contact me nearer the time re. this I should have more details)
  • Schools and nurseries in the area have been invited to participate in local clean up activities and to come to the 'Hub' in the King's Hall for fun, educational Reduce, Reuse, Recycle activities (these activities, which are similar to some of the activities we have at the popular Waste Education Cabin at Seafield Community Recycling Centre, will be available during the week to families/residents too). There will also be quizzes and competitions with a RRR theme in the 'Hub' during the week.
  • Participatory Drop-in Workshop Sessions in the 'Hub' at the King's Hall from 10am-3pm, Mon 16th -Friday 20th March: people of all ages are invited to come along to give us their views in order to help us identify:

·         Local problem areas and hotspots for the Southside Ward area to do with dog fouling, litter, graffiti, fly tipping, fly posting, gardens/parks, and community involvement.

·         Activities that could help to tackle these issues

·         Partners who could work with the Council to help deliver these activities

Information gathered during this ‘Week of Action’ from local community groups, businesses, residents, students and school pupils will help to inform future service provision and community engagement activities in the area.