Of Council The leader, Cllr Susan Aitken, claimed this week that Glasgow is not dirty, and only needs a “spruce up”.
Predictably, this has led to allegations that the SNP minority administration is out of touch.
To me, the way Cllr Aitken describes the city should be secondary to what our citizens think – and the circles and community councils are telling me that things need to change. Floating cans, illegal dumping, and lack of care and thought are making many of our streets a sight to behold.
But what they also tell me is that they want their elected representatives to focus on solutions rather than spitting on each other on social media.
Unfortunately, more and more Glasgow tribal politicians are less inclined to favor personal attacks, even though they know they often defame and abuse online.
The fact is that all councilors have a responsibility to find answers – especially in the council chamber where no single political group has a majority.
At this week’s full council meeting, we will have the opportunity to show whether we are ready to do so. I hope we can. Because, there is a lot of consensus among councilors about the need to scratch the surface, and in fact.
When the Conservatives first introduced a motion for full counseling at a full council meeting in September, they accepted an amendment from the Green Councilors, which was then unanimously agreed upon.
The amendment recognizes that we need a multi-pronged approach to tackling fly-tipping, including better communications, additional funding, more support for workers, improving unrelated or in-use land, and more repairs. And our options for enforcing more efficient use, as well as encouraging reuse, were unanimously agreed upon.
The direction of this policy has since been reflected in the council’s new resources and recycling strategies and pollution prevention action plans. Once again, he had the support of all political groups.
Of course, if these projects are not being delivered as expected, then it is true that councilors demand scrutiny, challenge and improvement. To do this effectively, we need proper transparency and evidence from the council.
It is also important that we support the workers. Our operations staff have continued to provide frontline services during the Cobed 19 epidemic and are still facing major challenges given the growing number of cases.
And where the root of the problem lies in the lack of adequate funding for the proper level of funding that our communities have rightly expected, then we need to pay the fair price we need. And to have a case for investment before the Scottish Government.
Green councilors will focus on the solutions that our constituencies deserve. We will not deny this problem, but we will not get bogged down in point scoring and personal attacks. It remains to be seen whether other people are willing to put aside their tribalism and work with us to make a difference.