Forget Spaces for People, put park wardens back on the Meadows - your views online
Forget Spaces for People, put park wardens back on the Meadows says Helen Martin
We were frightened of the 'parkie' back in the day so you behaved, just like we were frightened of the local 'bobby' who knew all the kids by name. Those days are long gone sadly.
Nicholas Burns Cumming
You can have all the bins you want, and all the patrols you want, it won't change behaviour. These young people have never been taught to pick up/take home their litter. All their lives others have cleaned up after them. It doesn't even enter their heads that they are responsible.
They should never have made the park wardens redundant. Ridiculous decision by an out of touch and irrelevant council.
The police get dogs’ abuse these days, never mind a park warden. Another suggestion would be more bins that get regularly emptied.
Parkies would not last two minutes today. The kids that are causing trouble in the Meadows and other parks have no respect for themselves, their parents or anyone else.
Unfortunately, Spaces for People is a government fund which is proscriptive to on street measures. It is capital. Funding jobs requires revenue funding.
That will not happen, as Edinburgh council bosses are too happy to give our money to agency companies in George Street. It would be a change for money to be used for services.
They are having to remove bus services due to youths throwing things and injuring drivers/passengers. What chance would a park warden stand?
Don’t exactly fancy being in a patrol of a few guys going up against dozens of drunk folk, recipe for disaster!
People litter everywhere. Green spaces are only part of the problem. How do you police everywhere? There's definitely a lack of bins in Edinburgh.
There used to be park wardens at all parks including the small one at White Park in Gorgie Road!
Clearly, this behaviour should not be encouraged or tolerated. It is anti-social and not in the interest of the common good. However, confrontation is only likely to escalate the situation and/or move the problem elsewhere. Arriving at a long term solution has to take into account the needs of the whole of society, including the participants in these revelries, and the powers that be have got to get round to opening up clubs, discos and meeting places for the younger generation as soon as possible.
Just bins and public toilets would do it.
I agree fully. Wardens who can keep order and consult with police if necessary.
Sorry, but the wardens couldn’t handle the youth, they would all get their heads in, that’s one job you can keep!
Over 100 antisocial behaviour incidents reported around Edinburgh’s buses and trams since mid-February as police continue Easter patrols
Would it not be cheaper for Lothian Buses to hire ex-military people to provide security and then the police can stay out of it since the "criminal justice" system is obviously not able to deal with this correctly?
Lock the offenders up and make the parents pay for all damage. It might make parents sit up and pay more attention to what their kids get up to.
We’re paying the price of a generation over-protected by law from discipline. Teachers are afraid of them and their parents completely oblivious to what they are up to. This doped up generation are fearless. Centralised policing is not working to deal with these social issues. We need police substations in problem estates properly manned and able to respond on the beat. That could be in the form of mobile units. Something needs to change and fast.
Just wait till they all get free bus travel as well. Doesn't bear thinking about the consequences.
Staff do a great job, these people are a disgrace.
Henry Campbell Gillan
I wonder why these incidents don't appear to happen in most European cities.