Back­lash over plans to cut com­mer­cial

Evening Times - - NEWS - By HOLLY LEN­NON

A CITY busi­ness owner has said he will defy coun­cil or­ders to clear the streets of com­mer­cial waste.

Bill Pat­ter­son, owner of Ad­ven­ture 1, on Dun­das Street, has branded Glas­gow City Coun­cil bosses “mad” af­ter they in­structed busi­nesses that any rub­bish not col­lected within des­ig­nated up­lift times should be re­turned to the premises.

The scheme, which is aimed at tack­ling un­sightly com­mer­cial waste bins, will be rolled out across the city cen­tre by the end of March.

Mr Pat­ter­son, who has traded at the shop for 25 years, says the scheme will worsen out­stand­ing is­sues with cleans­ing. He added: “For five years, I’ve been try­ing to get them to col­lect the rub­bish. I’ve had to get lo­cal coun­cil­lors in­volved and speak di­rectly to the cleans­ing team.

“At points, I’ve had to wait eight days for a col­lec­tion be­cause they’ve missed us.

“Now, if our bins aren’t col­lected when they say, we have to take them back into shop. I’m not do­ing it.

“It would put our cus­tomers and my staff at risk with the health and safety is­sues it would present.

“Rub­bish that’s been on the street could have been defe­cat- ed on by dogs or birds, or spat on by the pub­lic. We’re right be­side Queen Street sta­tion so there’s a l ot of peo­ple pass­ing.

“Some of the busi­nesses nearby don’t have any­where to store their rub­bish apart from on the street and places like the tat­too shop next door have spe­cial waste.

“The coun­cil are try­ing to pass re­spon­si­bil­ity for rub­bish onto busi­nesses be­cause they are strug­gling.

“We have al­ready had to hire pri­vate con­trac­tors to pick up some of our waste.”

The shop, which spe­cialises in mil­i­tary cloth­ing and camp­ing gear, faces the ad­di­tional prob­lem of not be­ing able to fit their bin through the front door.

Waste will only be al­lowed to be placed on the street when the busi­ness is staffed and never overnight.

The scheme will be rolled out to the north-west of the city by Septem­ber 15, the south of Glas­gow by De­cem­ber 8 and the north-east of the city by March 2 next year.

A spokesman for Glas­gow City Coun­cil, said: “Our col­leagues in the coun­cil’s Food Safety Hy­giene unit pro­vided guid­ance about the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Com­mer­cial Waste Pi­lot project and have no ma­jor con­cerns.

“Ul­ti­mately it all comes to where and how the waste is stored on site to en­sure there is no con­tam­i­na­tion.

“It should be noted that busi­nesses are legally obliged to com­ply with this scheme, which re­ceived over­whelm­ing lev­els of sup­port in the con­sul­ta­tion process.”

The au­thor­ity added it is the own­ers re­spon­si­bil­ity to en­sure the bins are kept clean and any con­cerns should be raised with trade waste con­trac­tors.

Ad­ven­ture 1 are un­able to fit their bin in­side their premises

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