Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland

Royal Mile gets big spring clean

Volunteers have been cleaning street furniture on the Royal Mile
Image caption Volunteers have been cleaning street furniture on the Royal Mile

Scotland's most historic street, the Royal Mile, has been given a spring clean by council officials, residents and business workers.

Dozens of volunteers removed graffiti and cleaned street furniture to make it more appealing for visitors and tourists.

It is the second "spring clean", which has become an annual event.

The street has a worldwide reputation for its history, architecture and culture.

Lesley Hinds, Edinburgh City Council's environment convener, said: "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."

The work included removing graffiti on the High Street and Canongate, along with 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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