With so many huge projects underway at present, it’s important we also recognise the community initiatives that are just as vital to Aberdeen’s success.
Last week hundreds of volunteers joined forces for a 24-hour litter pick that underlined the goodwill and civic pride that runs through all areas of the city.
As Co-Leaders of the Council we were delighted to join the effort, which began in the early hours of Thursday morning and saw a hive of activity day and night.
There were 24 community litter picks, as well as lots of related work. Council staff, residents, community groups, councillors and businesses all did their bit and it was a fantastic team effort.
The approach and the enthusiasm from all corners of Aberdeen is something we are really keen to harness and there will be more news on that to follow as plans are developed.
Of course, prevention is always the preferable solution to any problem and we continue to work hard to encourage everyone to dispose of litter responsibly.
Unfortunately, like every town and city, we have a problem to deal with for now and initiatives like the 24-hour litter pick help to supplement the work our teams do every day to keep the streets and green spaces looking at their best.
Our Clean Up Aberdeen campaign runs all year round and last week was a good opportunity to raise awareness and also gain support – with lots of good fun in the midst of all the hard work.
On behalf of the Council, we pass on our thanks to everyone who took part and to all who support the aims. We’re all custodians of our wonderful city and it is always heartening to see the huge pride that is shared in Aberdeen.
Cllr Jenny Laing and Cllr Douglas Lumsden