Environmental Unhealth

[Picture of electric heaters outside]I WAS SOMEWHAT AMAZED TO SEE FOUR THREE-BAR ELECTRIC FIRES ATTACHED TO THE OUTSIDE WALL OF A PUB IN THE CITY CENTRE.

Furthermore, two of them were full on — and it was before 8 am! And as though all that was not enough — they were heating the rubbish bin!

I cannot see breakfasters or diners wanting to sit outside next to the bins, and anyway, I didn’t see any tables and chairs.  It cannot merely be for tobacco smokers?  Not at 8am and next to a smelly gastro-pub bin, surely not!

[close up picture of electric bar heaters mounted on wall outside pub]

Could this Argyle Street pub be the source of global warming? Is this a valiant Glaswegian attempt to combat the foul weather?

Perhaps this is to encourage recycling of food — the heat may attract homeless people to rummage through the bins. Then again it may attract vermin — or be a danger to birds or drugged up vandals.  The possibilities for harm and danger are probably endless. One wonders what the insurance is for all the family filled flats in the tenement above? One wonders what the profit margins must be for this place to be able to afford such extravagance.

Things are getting worse when 12kW can be burned away all night long to warm up lung-cancered Glaswegian drunks. This is bad for the environment, so someone ought to call the environmental health about this — refer them here to see the photographic proof; who would otherwise believe this one?

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Council Cleaning Con

[Picture of shop poster for volunteers]THE CITY COUNCIL ALWAYS AMAZES ME BY THEIR SHIRKING OF RESPONSIBILITY.

Take this poster for example.  Double left click on the image to enlarge.

This is a poster in a charity chop window on Kilmarnock Rd (which is the main street in Shawlands). It is about so-called “Community cleaning of a lane”.

[close up picture of volunteer poster]

Yes, it is advertising the fact that the council wants local residents to clean their own streets and lane.  Hey, isn’t that what we pay council tax for?

Things are getting worse when the council can take council tax from us, and then get us to do the work ourselves! How Bizarre!

Litter to the Council

[Picture of Rubbish in lane off Kilmarnock Rd]THE LITTER EPIDEMIC IN SHAWLANDS IS GETTING WORSE!

I walk past a lane on Kilmarnock Road almost every day, and I cannot ever recall a time when it has been free from rubbish — but it is getting worse lately, and I know the area is suffering a serious rat problem. Click on the picture to enlarge, and bear in mind that this is on the busiest road/ shopping street south of the river – the lane is, in fact, between two rows of busy shops. Imagine the scene when it has been raining!

In recent years, the council (in a silly attempt to encourage “recycling”) refuse to uplift from back lanes and courts, insisting instead that everyone dump stuff on pavements out to the front of their homes for uplift on specific days.

[Picture of a “dumped” toilet WC pan]The result is unhealthy, ugly and dangerous. In the past, when people were having minor works carried out on their flat, rubbish would be immediately removed and dumped out back in the lane or at the bins for uplift. It is reasonable and perfectly understandable to me that people would not want to store the rubbish inside their newly renovated homes until a special rubbish uplift day — but that is what the council seems to want us all to do nowadays!

The idea that you dump stuff out the front depends on the dumping only being done on specific days — and that is just unworkable! The result is that people dump their rubbish as and when they want, and it can lie there until it is uplifted on it’s special day.

I wish someone would realise the truth about human nature, and admit that the scheme has failed — then we can resort to putting the rubbish out in the back lane where it can lie until uplifted at a time that suits the council.

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