Scots' litter concerns higher than drugs
Scots are more concerned about litter on the streets than drug dealers, according to a new study.
The Scottish Household survey said 26% perceived litter as the biggest neighbourhood threat, while 12% were concerned about drug abuse and dealing.
The survey, for 2009, also said more than 90% of adults rate their neighbourhood as a very or fairly good place to live.
It suggested general concern over anti-social behaviour was falling.
The survey, conducted since 1999, aims to build up a picture of people's attitudes to society in a wide range of areas.
Scottish Household Survey 2009 - Neighbourhood concerns
- Rubbish - 26%
- Rowdy behaviour - 16%
- Vandalism - 14%
- Drug misuse/dealing - 12%
- Noisy neighbours - 9%
The latest survey put perceptions of anti-social behaviour problems at a relatively low rate, with 26% of respondents saying litter was "very or fairly common" in their areas.
The second biggest concern was rowdy behaviour, at 16%, followed by vandalism at 14%, and drug-related problems at 12%.
About three-fifths of adults, according to the survey, have never suffered any neighbourhood problems, although this dropped to less than half for people living in the most deprived areas of Scotland.