City council set up new ‘hit squads’

Flytipping in Govanhill
Flytipping in Govanhill

Following many complaints about simply being ignored by council chiefs, Govanhill residents are delighted to learn of new ‘hit squad’ initiative.

Rapid response teams are to be deployed across Glasgow as part of a newly launched task force designed to tackle environmental problems in the city like dumping rubbish, dog fouling and dropping litter.

Led by Glasgow City Council, the Environmental Task Force (ETF) will revolutionise the way the city is maintained, with the public able to make its voice heard via Facebook and Twitter. This real time information from the public will be gathered at a state-of-the-art command centre in Bridgeton, with the 30 rapid response teams then dispatched to tackle the issues as quickly as possible.

Leader of Glasgow City Council and Chair of the ETF, Councillor Frank McAveety, said: “The Environmental Task Force is a service fit for delivery in the digital age. We want genuine engagement with the people of Glasgow to work with them to build a better city.

“Through Twitter and Facebook the public can directly communicate with us and identify what needs to be done across Glasgow.

“I am determined to make this work. The Environmental Task Force will deliver - the people of Glasgow deserve that.”

The ETF’s main aim is to tackle environmental issues including fly tipping, littering and dog fouling. An emphasis will also be placed on improving neighbourhoods throughout the city through environmental enhancement.

This is an issue many of our readers in the Govanhill and surrounding areas have been crying out for, and which we have exposed in The Extra.