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City traders take cleaning into their own hands

Posted on: Thursday, September 5th, 2013

Fed-up business owners and traders in one Scottish city are taking the task of cleaning of the streets around their stores into their own hands, after criticising the acts of the local council and its failure to keep the areas as clean and tidy as they would like them.

The Stirling Observer reports that those who own shops in the centre of the city have said that the streets are "filthy" with some even planning to do the work themselves or bring in other workers to do it for them at their own cost.

Frustrated business owner Mike Day told the newspaper he was fed up with the number of bin bags filled with rubbish that were left uncollected in the vicinity of his shop.

As a result, he has decided to launch a cleaning drive alongside other shop owners around the centre of the city after having seen no action from the council to step up a drive that would see the centre of the city much more presentable.

"The city centre is not just dirty, it’s filthy," Mr Day said. "The council don’t wash the streets and it seems that they don’t really pick up the litter either."

He said that as a result, a few traders were getting together to put some money into a pot that would help them bring in their own cleaning firm to wash the streets and clear them of rubbish, which he then hopes would be a monthly ocurrence.

Subsequently, Mr Day has called for the council to make its cleaning rotas and schedules public so that the business owners in the Upper Craigs area of the city would be able to see that the work was being carried out.

However, the council said that no complaints had been made about the streets in the area, adding that it had not been notified of businesses intending to bring in private companies.