BID begins major clean up of Edinburgh’s West End

Levy payers tackle weeds, litter, chewing gum and general griminess to boost area’s appeal 

Edinburgh’s West End is set to undergo a ‘deep clean’ in a bid to make the area look more attractive to visitors.
The clean-up, which is being funded by West End BID (Business Improvement District) levy payers, started yesterday (Sunday, 2 April) and will be carried out in two phases.
The first phase, which is now underway, will include a thorough pressure wash of the busiest West End pavements which are most affected by grime, weeds and chewing gum. Hope Street, Queensferry Street and Shandwick Place have been marked as a priority. Weather depending, this phase is due for completion in two weeks.

Gail Niven, Chair of the West End BID said: “Edinburgh’s West End BID is embarking on an exercise to clean-up the West End to make the area look more attractive in our aim to develop a better visitor experience.

“Our levy payers, visitors and local residents frequently comment on the weeds, litter, chewing gum and general griminess of certain parts of the West End.

“We understand that Edinburgh Council’s street cleaning resources are limited, but this does mean that the West End falls short of the standards expected by both our levy payers and visitors to such an historical and attractive part of our city.
“To overcome this obstacle Edinburgh’s West End BID has decided to invest in cleaning the area ourselves.
“Cleaning the area is the first stage in our plans to make the West End one of the places to wander and explore and, ultimately, make the area a thriving and bustling community again.”

The second phase focuses on the streets with less dirt and grime and will include the removal of chewing gum, waste, weeds, graffiti and fly posting.

The entire project is scheduled to be completed by the end of April.
The West End cleaning team should be visible to businesses by the branded high visibility clothing they will be wearing while undertaking the work.

The streets included in the West End BID are:
· Hope Street
· Randolph Place
· Queensferry Street
· Queensferry Street Lane
· Melville Place
· Melville Street
· Walker Street
· Drumsheugh Place
· Atholl Place
· Alva Street
· William Street
· Shandwick Place
· Manor Place
· Stafford Street
· Charlotte Lane
· Rutland Square
· Rutland Street
· Rutland Place
· Coates Crescent