Angus residents are being encouraged to play their part in tackling “a littering pandemic”.
With the Commonwealth Games drawing ever closer, community organisers from across the region are asking Angus locals to get involved in area clean-ups so that the county looks its best as a Games host.
South Angus is set to welcome thousands of visitors this summer when Barry Buddon Shooting Centre opens its doors to the international competition.
Yet, with just over a month to go, environmental activists reckon the surrounding area doesn’t look the part of a global tourist destination.
“Soon, all the eyes of the UK, let alone the wider world, will be looking on Angus,” explained Easthaven resident Wendy Murray.
“We’ve got a duty to show them that Scotland is a beautiful place, and that Angus is a beautiful place people should want to come to visit.
“But first we’ve got to take responsibility for the area and employ a zero-tolerance policy on littering.”
With that in mind, Wendy and fellow residents are planning to stage a massive clean-up this weekend all across South Angus.
Wendy said: “We’ve got the Queen’s Baton Relay coming through Angus on June 28. And, when it comes through Easthaven, we have got to ensure it looks its best.”
Similar efforts are being made along beaches that are bound to attract visitors during the games.
Last month, local environmental groups raised a red flag at the state of Barry Buddon beach which will soon be broadcast to the world during the shooting events. But representatives from Monifieth Eco Force have said those in authority have yet to make an effort tidying the Angus beauty spot.
“We’re hugely excited about Angus’s role in the games, and want to make sure it looks its best,” explained group leader Alex Graham.
“But Barry Buddon beach still needs a lot of work.”
Wendy said: “Scotland is so beautiful, and we need to exploit that. But first, we’ve got to get this area’s littering pandemic under control.”
Angus residents are encouraged to get involved by walking from Arbroath into Easthaven on Saturday, picking up whatever they can along the way. Refreshments will be provided from 10am onwards.