Interesting conversation with Task Force Manager, Robert Davidson this morning, which I thought I would pass on. The beach cleaning equipment as you all know has been dogged with mechanical problems for many years. My understanding is that these machines were never intended for beach cleaning in the first place and the company that manufactured them has gone bust, meaning that spare parts have to be machined from scratch. To make matters worse, they are the subject of some ridiculous lease-back arrangement.
The good news is that Robert has persuaded his bosses to hire a proper beach cleaning machine for the next 6 months and should take delivery of a Barber Surf Rake on Thursday. If the machine proves to be successful the company is prepared to deduct the hire price from the cost of purchase, around Ã‚Â£40,000. This seems a small price to pay to keep Edinburgh's seaside clean but there is no guarantee that the funding will be found. Support and pressure from the public can play a big part in these budget decisions. If you feel the new machine is an improvement then you can help the cause by sending emails and letters to this effect to your local representatives and to Consumer and Environmental Services.
In the meantime you can find more info on the new machine at:
We hope to get Robert's monthly report up and running in the near future.