Clean-up cam­paign ‘is mak­ing a dif­fer­ence’

Coun­cil­lor hits back at crit­i­cism of pro­gramme

Paisley Daily Express - - Front Page -

Jack Thomson Lo­cal Democ­racy Re­porter

A cam­paign to clean up Ren­frew­shire and rid the area of its rub­bish is work­ing, ac­cord­ing to an SNP coun­cil­lor.

Coun­cil­lor Cathy McEwan in­sisted a cul­ture of not car­ing for the lo­cal en­vi­ron­ment is chang­ing, af­ter the Team Up to Clean Up pro­gramme was crit­i­cised by op­po­si­tion mem­bers.

In the last six months, more than 9,000 gul­lies have been cleared with 150 tonnes of waste re­moved.

There has been a 14.5 per cent in­crease in street sweep­ing ton­nage col­lected, while 132 lit­ter pick­ing events have taken place – com­pared against 34 in the same pe­riod last year.

Speak­ing at Wed­nes­day ’ s In­fra­struc­ture, Land and En­vi­ron­ment Pol­icy Board, con­vener Coun­cil­lor McEwan said: “It’s on­go­ing.

“That’s be­cause of the prob­lem we had to be­gin with, it is on­go­ing and it’s work­ing. “This is a five-year pro­gramme. “It will not hap­pen overnight but it is hap­pen­ing.

“We are try­ing to change a cul­ture here, it’s hap­pen­ing.

“We are head­ing in the right di­rec­tion.”

How­ever, Labour Coun­cil­lor John Hood claimed the en­vi­ron­ment is still suf­fer­ing.

“I go out and the rub­bish is still there,” he said.

That prompted SNP Coun­cil­lor Au­drey Doig to ac­cuse the Labour ad­min­is­tra­tion of ne­glect­ing the en­vi­ron­ment when it was in power.

She said: “Why is the ton­nage still go­ing up? Be­cause there were ar­eas that weren’t touched for years un­der the pre­vi­ous ad­min­is­tra­tion.

“We are not just talk­ing rub­bish, we are talk­ing tyres.

“The ton­nage isn’t go­ing to go down un­til all th­ese ar­eas have been gone through and cleaned up.

“That’s when the ton­nage will go down.”

Fel­low SNP elected mem­bers Coun­cil­lor Michelle Camp­bell and Coun­cil­lor Jac­que­line Cameron praised the im­pact of the clean-up cam­paign in their own con­stituen­cies.

Coun­cil­lor Camp­bell, who rep­re­sents Ersk­ine and Inchin­nan, said: “Team Up to Clean Up has pro­vided sup­port to groups al­ready in ex­is­tence. “It’s went down re­ally well in my ward. “This pro­gramme has been recog­nised Scot­land wide.”

John­stone South and Elder­slie Coun­cil­lor Cameron added: “I’ve been in­volved in a few lit­ter picks with the com­mu­nity coun­cil and you can see the dif­fer­ence.

“We are go­ing out and find­ing there isn’t rub­bish in places where there pre­vi­ously had been.”

Labour Coun­cil­lor Karen Kennedy, who has pre­vi­ously claimed the coun­cil isn’t do­ing enough to tackle a fly-tip­ping “epi­demic”, was crit­i­cal of the ad­min­is­tra­tion’s im­pact on the en­vi­ron­ment.

“You have been in power for 18 months,” she said. “How long do you want the rub­bish to lie for?”

Coun­cil­lor Doig replied: “Six years, it’s been ly­ing.”

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