We held a residents meeting this evening with the main aim of discussing priorities for our Heritage and Garden group in 2015. A full note of the meeting can be found in the residents' association section of this web-site. Its interesting that a number of developments are emerging from the work we have already undertaken which will provide us with an opportunity to build on and consolidate our existing improvements. It was also suggested that we open a 'Friends of East Haven Heritage and Garden Fund to support our continued work so we will organise this in the new year. In the meantime, it is also suggested we develop some acitivities such as scrabble and table tennis to keep us fit and active over the winter months. Interesting times!
We spent a lovely afternoon today with a group called Carnoustie Socialeyes. They contacted us way back in March to see if we would visit to talk about our experience of East Haven 800. The group provided us with a warm welcome and asked lots of questions about our work. The group is run by people with a visual impairment for people with a visual impairment and their work is inspiring and intersting. Anyway, lovely afternoon had by all and the mince pies were delicious!
Beautiful day for a litter pick up and beach clean today. The car park is full and there are lots of sea anglers out on the beach. Lots of marine rubbish unfortuately but we have also been handing out dog bags and biscuits and raising the issue of some people not picking up during the winter months. More people than ever are stopping to talk about litter and are thanking us for making their trip to East Haven even more enjoyable. It's a good sign and shows that people really care and do want to make Scotland cleaner and greener.
Funding Announced for Innovative Litter Project in Angus
An exciting new project to tackle the issue of litter at the West Links area of Arbroath and East Haven has been funded by Zero Waste Scotland’s Litter and Flytipping Innovation Fund.
This new project is aimed at encouraging the whole community to stop littering and will be led by Angus Council’s Pride in Place Group who will work in partnership with the West Links Park Co-ordinator, East Haven Residents Association, the Skate Park Committee, local businesses, volunteers and residents.
The project will run from now until the end of March 2015 over three phases. The first phase will evaluate the amount and types of litter present and explore the attitudes and behaviour to littering of people who use the area, including dog walkers, cyclists, joggers and skate park users. This will provide a baseline against which the success of the project can be measured.
The second phase will involve running a litter prevention campaign focusing on the impact of litter on the local environment, wildlife, community and local businesses. This will also involve the installation of new educational display boards promoting anti-littering behaviour, as well as the strategic positioning of Recycle-on-The-Go bins.
The final phase will involve further litter monitoring to assess the impact of the project.
Councillor Jeanette Gaul, Chair of the Angus Council Pride in Place Group, said: “We have so much to be proud of with our lively and welcoming towns, our spectacular scenery, our championship golf courses and our unique heritage. Cleaning up costs hundreds of thousands of pounds every year, so we want less mess not more costly clean-up. This campaign will raise the awareness of litter and reduce the cost to the taxpayer and negative impact on the environment and wildlife.”
Iain Gulland, Chief Executive, Zero Waste Scotland, said:
“It’s great to see Angus Council and the local community coming forward with ideas to tackle litter issues, which we know all communities in Scotland face. Two-hundred and fifty million easily visible pieces of litter are dropped each year in Scotland. That’s the scale of the problem and that’s why we are delighted to fund this exciting project in Angus, from the Litter Innovation Fund, and we welcome more such innovative ideas to try and lessen the blight of litter in Scotland.”
We are pleased to post this short film about our Maritime and Heritage festival which took place in August. It features our beautiful commemorative music which was composed by Gregor Beattie and showcased at the event - The Haven.
Many thanks to Gregor Scott of Scotstyle music for the film