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Edinburgh volunteers give Royal Mile a spring clean

April 11th, 2013 Category: Building Management

Volunteers from local businesses and residents have convened to give Scotland’s historic Royal Mile a spring clean, taking care of graffiti and cleaning street furniture to make it more appealing to visitors and tourists.

The spring clean has become an annual event after the same group got together last year to spruce up the renowned street. With magnificent architecture and culture, the Royal Mile has become internationally recognised, and is now home to leading businesses that occupy office space along the street. In that way, it has become in the interest of local organisations to maintain the street so that it is appealing to visitors, which is why the annual clean has become such an attractive proposition.

Lesley Hinds, Edinburgh City Council's environment convener, told BBC News: "The Royal Mile clean-up is a great example of how the council can work together with organisations and communities to spruce up an area and combat particular issues.

"Initiatives like this improve the quality of life of an area and help to instil a shared pride in keeping it looking attractive, and I hope we'll see this joined-up approach being adopted in other parts of the city."

Among other things, local residents and business people are chipping in to remove graffiti on the high street and Canongate, as well as conducting litter pick-ups and scraping stickers from signposts, utility boxes and other street furniture. Four teams focused on different parts of the Royal Mile – Castlehill and the Lawnmarket, High Street to the North Bridge, High Street to St Mary's Street and the Canongate.

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