Council clean-up squad hit the streets

Councillors Devlin and Fletcher join the hit squad in Dunterlie.
Councillors Devlin and Fletcher join the hit squad in Dunterlie.

EAST Renfrewshire residents may soon see cleaner streets thanks to the council’s new hit squad.

The six-man team is part of East Renfrewshire council’s £500k community housing improvement project, targeting discarded rubbish in the authority’s disadvantaged areas.

Housing convener Danny Devlin and council leader Jim Fletcher joined the hit squad on patrol recently, helping to uplift everything from old toys, a lawnmower and computer monitor to garden waste.

The project covers housing owned by the council, owner occupiers and private landlords, and is funded by £400,000 from ERC’s general fund and £100,000 from the housing revenue account.

It will also include drawing up a list of local businesses to carry out work including grass cutting, railing painting, close cleaning and more.

Councillor Devlin said that the scheme “will improve the appearance of our most deprived communities.

“It is also designed to maximise benefits to the local economy in terms of support to small businesses and the creation of employment opportunities.”