Rev­ellers high on drugs say res­i­dents

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Dou­glas Dickie

Res­i­dents in Ruther­glen’s Greenhill Court are hav­ing to deal with ex­ces­sively noisy, ap­par­ently drug­fu­elled par­ties.

Rev­ellers de­scend on the blocks reg­u­larly for the par­ties, which of­ten go on all night. They wait un­til the concierges are fin­ished be­fore buzzing nu­mer­ous flats to gain en­try.

A source has sent the Re­former footage of a young woman scream­ing and shout­ing from the court­yard at 7am after ap­par­ently be­ing there all night.

An­other video, taken in the early hours of May 27, ap­pears to in­clude the sound of some­thing be­ing smashed.

The res­i­dent, who has a young son, told the Re­former these in­ci­dents were not iso­lated. He said: “Fair

enough if you are hav­ing a party at the week­end but this is hap­pen­ing on Sunday nights and mid­week. Ob­vi­ously they don’t have work to go to.

“As soon as the concierges fin­ish, this seems to start.

“It’s not so much the peo­ple they put in here but the folk that they bring back for a party.

“I’ve called the po­lice count­less times be­cause I’m try­ing to get the wee man to sleep on a school night and there’s loads of noise, singing and shout­ing.

“Ev­ery night I need to put my buzzer on pri­vacy be­cause there’s peo­ple press­ing mine to get in to get to some­one else’s house.

“I don’t take my son out after 7 or 8pm any­way, but even if I had to get to the shops in case of emer­gency I wouldn’t. It’s not a place to be bring­ing up kids.”

The res­i­dent added: “You get folk com­ing into the court­yard shout­ing up look­ing for peo­ple.

“They move them [those who throw the par­ties] out then back in again. I ac­tu­ally asked about that and was told that you can’t tell they’re go­ing turn out that way when they go to check them.

“Sorry, but if you see the nick of some that move in then you know.

“My only way out is to get my­self a pri­vate let but that would ba­si­cally con­demn me to pay money to­wards rent and leave my­self skint for the essen­tials.”

When asked if he be­lieved many of the peo­ple go­ing to the par­ties were tak­ing drugs, the res­i­dent re­sponded: “Yes, def­i­nitely, young guys on drugs.

“There was even a young guy who died here last year.”

The Re­former un­der­stands a num­ber of com­plaints were made to South La­nark­shire Coun­cil about ex­ces­sive noise in Greenhill Court dur­ing the month of May.

A ten­ants group for the blocks have met with coun­cil of­fi­cers.

Ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of housing re­sources Daniel Lowe said: “Local res­i­dents have high­lighted a num­ber of is­sues re­gard­ing ex­ces­sive noise and other anti-so­cial be­hav­iour from a small num­ber of res­i­dents at Greenhill Court.

“The coun­cil have taken ac­tion to deal with any in­ci­dents, where ev­i­dence against spe­cific in­di­vid­u­als has been ob­tained and in­ves­ti­ga­tion into re­cent com­plaints within the block are cur­rently on­go­ing. De­pend­ing upon the out­come of these in­ves­ti­ga­tions, ap­pro­pri­ate ac­tion will be taken.

“The coun­cil have in­vested sig­nif­i­cantly in Greenhill Court in re­cent years and in­stalled ad­di­tional se­cu­rity mea­sures, in­clud­ing CCTV. In ad­di­tion, there is a care­tak­ing ser­vice in op­er­a­tion to sup­port the man­age­ment and main­te­nance of the block.

“Res­i­dents can be re­as­sured that the coun­cil will take ac­tion to tackle anti-so­cial be­hav­iour and res­i­dents wish­ing to re­port a prob­lem should con­tact the coun­cil’s an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour hot­line on 0800-389-1105 or the out-of-hours noise team on 0800-242024.”

In­spec­tor Jim Gille­spie, of Ruther­glen Po­lice, said: “We will not tol­er­ate an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour and will link in with our part­ners at South La­nark­shire Coun­cil to com­bat it.”

Con­tro­versy Greenhill Court has be­come the scene of all-night par­ties

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