Potholes, trams, and dogdirt top Edinburgh gripes

Potholes have been identified as a priority. Picture: Sean Bell
Potholes have been identified as a priority. Picture: Sean Bell
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POTHOLES, rubbish and dog fouling are the problems people in Edinburgh most want to see tackled, a city-wide survey has found.

And trams are the main reason for dissatisfaction with the way the council is running the city.

The results of the annual Edinburgh People Survey, which questions 5000 Capital residents aged 16 and over, show 96 per cent were satisfied with the city as a place to live and 93 per cent were satisfied with their neighbourhood.

But satisfaction with leisure facilities, parks, recycling, waste, public transport, street cleaning, pavements and roads were all down.

When asked what the council’s priority should be for improving the quality of life, the most frequently mentioned issues were road improvements, tackling dog fouling, activities for children and young people, rubbish collection and street cleaning.

Satisfaction with the city’s schools was at its highest level ever recorded.

Overall, 74 per cent said they were satisfied with the way the council was running the city.

But the Greens claimed that headline figure masked worrying falls in the way the council is performing and is perceived.

They pointed out the proportion of people feeling informed about spending was down from almost 45 per cent to 36.4 per cent and people feeling residents’ views were taken into account was down from 54.8 per cent to 40.5 per cent.

Perception of the council as financially prudent was down from 39.1 per cent to 26.2 per cent.

Green group convener Steve Burgess said: “Last year, council leaders heralded big jumps in satisfaction ratings from the annual survey. At the time many of us thought that the scale of the increases were too good to be true.

“So it seems this year, with the council back to earth with a bump, with reduced satisfaction in bread and butter services like recycling, waste, pavements and street cleaning.

“Worryingly, only 40 per cent of people think the council takes their views into account and only a quarter think the council is good with money.”

Council leader Andrew Burns said the satisfaction rates had been achieved against a backdrop of financial pressures and said the latest budget had put more money into fixing potholes and pavements.

He said: “The top-line figures continue to offer great encouragement and reassurance that, broadly speaking, residents believe we are managing their city well.

“But we will, of course, make sure that we tackle those areas where the survey shows we need to do more. That’s essential for the people who live and work here, but also for maintaining our reputation as a world-class capital city.”