Residents say: “We’re fed up with the mess”

Govanhill residents say they are fed up with the mess caused by flytipping.
Govanhill residents say they are fed up with the mess caused by flytipping.

Residents in the Govanhill area say they’re sick fed up complaining to the council about flytipping when nothing gets done about it.

A number of residents The Extra has spoken with claim that complaints to the council fall on deaf ears and that they are being left to fend for themselves.

Elizabeth McWilliams (50), of Ascog Street, was born and brought up in the area and says it has fallen into decline, but has gotten much worse in the last three years.

She said: “We have a very varied multicultural society here in Govanhill, and generally everyone gets on very well together, but it only takes one person dumping rubbish before someone else follows suit and before you know it we have the problem we see now.

“And despite telling the council nobody seems that bothered by it, we rarely see street cleaners now, and stuff that’s been flytipped can lie about for months before the council eventually do anything.

“I know of people who have had to move out of their homes because of cockroach infestations - so leaving all manner of garbage lying about, including food waste just isn’t helping the issue.”

A spokesperson for Glasgow City Council said: “Last week, the council recovered 22 tonnes of fly tipping material from Govanhill. Despite this astonishing amount, there had been only one request from a resident for uplift. One.

“The council is responsible for emptying the bins from the back courts and this is done on a weekly basis for domestic waste and fortnightly for recycling. It is not the council’s responsibility or duty to pick up waste which is left in closes or dumped in the back court areas.

“The council’s cleansing services in Govanhill collect bulk uplifts within 14 days of a request being made. This compares to 28-days for all other parts of the city.”