September 17, 2021

Mike Daily: Glasgow leader Susan Aitken shakes city over denial of dirty streets

The international political luster of COP26 is somewhat contradictory when it comes to Glasgow, while the city is full of dirt, with cans and rats roaming the parks and mounds.

Don’t get me wrong This is a great honor for the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP) in Glasgow in November.

World Leaders, climate experts, campaigners and the global media will land on our city and all eyes will be on them to save the planet from burning.

Everything is mounted on COP26. The last UN climate conference in Madrid did not live up to many people’s expectations and it is a meeting in Glasgow where strong plans are needed to curb carbon emissions if we can reduce global warming by 1.5 degrees. Are going to be limited to

If countries around the world fail to meet the 2015 Paris Agreement target of 1.5 degrees and reduce global carbon emissions by at least half by 2030, the future will be bleak.

The top five emitters of carbon dioxide are China, the United States, India, Russia and Japan. China and the United States account for 42% of all global spending.

That’s right. Scotland And Glasgow played a small role in making the Paris Agreement a reality. We all have a responsibility.

I can fully understand this Glasgow City. Council (GCC) leader Susan Atkinson is most excited about COP26. “We are the hosts,” he said. People put on buffets and start washing dishes.

With that in mind, could it be an idea for Ms. Aitken to address a few bread and butter issues in her area of ​​responsibility as a local government leader?

His interview with STV’s Bernard Ponsenby cut off a major connection to what’s happening in the city last week.

Mr Ponsenby suggested that the city’s streets were “dirty”, which Ms Aitken described as distrustful and insisted that only “spruce up” was necessary.

Glasgow has set a terrible example in the last four years.

New charges for massive increase in sewage by investing in our street cleaning and bin collection pile up more on our roads. The closure of local libraries, community centers and sports facilities and a one-third reduction in funding for the free consultation sector during the height of the global epidemic.

Why were these important issues of the council ignored? Local services are the bricks and mortar on which cities are built. We all rely on local public services.

It is important to note that local government funding in Scotland suffers from annual deductions while the council is unable to raise taxes. The COSLA, a representative body of Scottish councils, said earlier this year: “Since 2013-14, the Scottish Government has seen a 3.1 per cent increase in its revenue funding (real terms) – a 2.4 per cent reduction for local government. The opposite is true

“An important part of the flexibility for councils is that they have the democratic right to set their own council tax rates in their own areas. Unfortunately, this year the Scottish government did not listen to us, but Scottish council leaders have reiterated their views that councils should have the right to set tax rates for their areas without facing penalties in future years.

Just because local government finances are hampered by the Hollywood budget does not mean that the GCC leader cannot fight for a better deal for Glasgow.

Yet we have not seen the kind of bread and butter problems that are necessary to make our city a beautiful place to live or to see as a tourist.

Consider Paris. Well, we did not have the wisdom of Baron Hossein who, when renovating the streets of Paris in the 19th century, installed a separate water treatment system so that the water could push down the gutters and clear the streets.

The secret of cleanliness in Paris also lies in the army of large-scale cleaning staff equipped with intelligent machines that can wash the streets and vacuum cleaners. Why don’t we have it?

We have a poverty of desire where anti-Catholic or Irish racism is a monthly occurrence. How can the GCC leadership take any responsibility for allowing the 34th Orange March on the same day at the end of this month? We can tell ourselves that Glasgow is a beautiful, clean city and Scotland greets everyone with a smile. Or we may face the fact that the emperor has no clothes. And start making significant investments in local communities. Spruce will not wash up. We need the right strategic leadership, a vision and a cross-party campaign for more public funding for Glasgow.

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