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Trades in the George Street area of Perth city centre have demanded that the council takes action after rubbish bags were ripped open by seagulls and waste including packaging, tins, and teabags was left strewn all over the street.
Local residents and businesses usually put their pink sacks of rubbish out on the pavement for collection as there is not enough space for wheelie bins.
Perth and Kinross Council has confirmed that they are considering a proposal for the use of communal rubbish bins to combat the problem. This has already been successfully piloted in other locations across the city.
Business owners and residents in the George Street area say they have been asking the council for communal bins for over a year, but the council have not been able to decide where to put them.
A spokesperson for the council said that there are 847 properties using pink rubbish sacks for waste due to a lack of space for bins. He added that the proposal to introduce communal bins will remove the need for the pink sacks and improve the look of the city centre.
The council has been working with local businesses to look at ways they can improve the look and feel of George Street to attract more people to the area.
There was a plan to install seating and remove some car parking spaces which was fiercely opposed by shopkeepers. Other proposals like introducing artwork and attractive gateways are also being considered.
An attractive sign was installed on the high street this week, encouraging shoppers to go to George Street to see its unique shops and its museum and art gallery.
There is some good news for George Street though, the big Aberdeenshire-based craft beer firm Brewdog is set to move into the street, and has applied for a license to take over a vacant café opposite the city’s museum.