Oct 10 2012 By Johnathon Menzies
Rugby star Kenny Logan has called on Stirling residents to do all they can to keep their city clean.
The former Stirling County RFC player and Scotland international, whose family still live locally, flew home from London on Saturday to lend his support to Clean Up Stirling Day.
More than 100 people took advantage of some welcome good weather and helped pick up litter and remove vegetation in Raploch, Riverside, the city centre, Gowan Hill and the Kings Park area. Dunblane Boys’ Club also staged an event in the cathedral city and about 50 people, including 30 children from Raploch nursery, took part in a similar event on Friday.
Speaking at Ochil Community Centre – one of several community venues turned into registration hubs during Saturday afternoon – sporting hero Logan told the Observer he was passionate about the project, run by Clean Up Britain in association with Keep Scotland Beautiful.
The dad-of-two, whose broadcaster wife Gabby also endorsed the event, said: "If I see someone dropping rubbish I’ll literally walk up to them and say that it costs the UK £1 billion-a-year to keep Britain clean.
"Think of what else that money could be used for. People don’t sit it their own houses throwing rubbish about, so why on earth would they do it when they’re walking about outside or driving in their cars?
"Sometimes, when I pull someone up about littering they’ll turn around and say ‘it keeps someone in a job’ or ‘it’s not my problem, it’s the council’s job to pick it up’. That makes me angry – the money that’s used to pick up litter could be used to employ people in other areas.
"To me, it’s about showing respect for where you live and having common sense. It’s nothing to do with how wealthy you are, if you’re middle class or whatever – it’s just a case of putting it in your pocket or finding a bin.
"Stirling’s a great place and I love coming back here. When people come here they see we’ve got the castle, the Wallace Monument and so much history and heritage; it’s a shame when that’s spoiled by litter.
"Education is important too. If we tell children about how littering is bad and what it’s doing to the country then they won’t do it."
John Read, founder of the Clean Up Britain campaign, outlined the potentially harrowing consequences of littering by adding: "The RSPCA has said that 70,000 animals-a-year die or are seriously injured because they’ve ingested litter. It’s a huge problem.
"What people don’t tend to realise is that councils spend so much money dealing with litter; but it’s the public’s money they’re using – so basically, if someone drops a packet of crisps, they’re throwing away their own money."
Clean-up director Jodie Underhill said after the event: "The event was a big success and it was wonderful to see so many people of all different ages coming together to take part. We had children as young as three and people in their seventies helping too, it was very inspiring.
"There was more litter than we expected and people would be shocked to see how much stuff is still behind the fence at the river walk in Raploch.
"The event will certainly take place again and we’re serious about campaigning for a national day."