New ‘street week’ initiative launches in Leith

The new initiative will run until this Friday

RESIDENTS of Leith are being encouraged to get to know their Safer Neighbourhood Team, as Lothian and Borders Police and the City of Edinburgh Council launch “street week” in the area.

The aim of the initiative is to identify and address any concerns within the local community, and give advice on any issues residents may have.

Councillor Paul Edie, Community Safety Leader, said: “This is a great opportunity for the Leith community to discuss the issues that affect them with Council, Police and Fire Service officers. I would encourage all residents and businesses to take the time to speak with the agencies involved in this Street Week initiative to let them know your views.”

From now until Friday, February 18 officers will be working with colleagues from other local public bodies as part of the initiative which will run in Albert Street and Buchanan Street. They will all take part in a daily ‘street surgery’ between 12-1pm to encourage engagement and address any concerns.

Members of the SNT are aiming to talk to every business and homeowner in the area to promote good relations and listen to their concerns. Police traffic wardens will join patrols of the area in response to residents concerns about dangerous and inconsiderate parking.

Sergeant Mark Hamilton said: “We hope the community will see this as a good opportunity to get to know the local officers in their area, so we can build relationships and work to address their concerns.”