A glorious weekend and lots of visitors to the beach, but once more the bin provision proved to be totally inadequate. By the time most people were making their way home the bins were overflowing all the way along the Prom. The worst spots were, again, outside the Bedford Hotel and around the foot of Bath Street. It was pleasing to note that the vast majority of beach-users had at least attempted to dispose of their litter thoughtfully, with many carefully placing carrier bags full of rubbish around the bins.
At the risk of repeating myself, we simply MUST have a more pro-active policy of bin provision that takes into account the larger numbers of visitors at this time of year, as this unsightly mess is totally unacceptable. Those businesses that profit from the influx of day-trippers must also accept some responsibility. Surely itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not asking much for the owners of the Bedford Hotel to organise some kind of temporary bin for their Ã¢â‚¬Ëœal frescoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ patrons?
The problem is by no means confined to Portobello. I cut through Princes Street Gardens on my way home and the situation there has been quite disgraceful in recent weeks. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m all for the CouncilÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s plans to increase the number of Environmental Wardens. By all means, letÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s crack down on the litter louts, but we also need to give people the opportunity to dispose of their litter properly.