Parks of Glasgow: Council to consider adding more bins to Glasgow parks after concerns raised about litter

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Additional bins could be installed in Glasgow parks and open spaces after concerns over cleanliness were raised with the city council.

Following a survey looking at where children play, which received 484 responses, it was highlighted that older age groups “have increased negativity” towards the cleanliness of spaces.

Cleaning these spaces was the highest priority over other things such as “building more” or “repairing equipment”.  Feedback has helped form Glasgow’s play sufficiency assessment.

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During Thursday’s city administration committee, councillor Philip Braat said: “Clearly some responses have been received in respect of how people feel and react to the cleanliness of areas not only from young people but from the older age groups.

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“It says in the report that they have an increased negativity towards the cleanliness of spaces. 

“What and how are we reacting to that? What are we doing to save any further negative feelings of comfort and safety.”

Councillor Ruairi Kelly said that the council had carried out a lot of work to address the issue. 

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He said: “I think one of the interesting feedback aspects of this is the feeling of negativity generally increased with age – I think that is probably reflected across the general population.

“Where we have found there are issues – we will look at whether there are cases of introducing additional bins, looking at fly-tipping or dog fouling and whether we need more uplift in a certain area because it has got proximity to a fast food outlet. 

“There is also a lot of work that has been done with Keep Scotland Beautiful and we have been working with primary schools to really try and address the issue at the source.

“The problem is people drop litter in our parks. If we could stop people from dropping litter in the first place then all of these problems would go away.”

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