Residents claim violence, drugs and bullets at flats
Rutherglen’s Greenhill Court is not a “troubled block”, South Lanarkshire Council has said despite reports of violence, drug abuse and bullets being found in common areas.
Instead, the local authority this week said the flats provide high quality housing.
But a couple living in Greenhill Court with three young children say it is not a suitable place to bring up a family.
The man and woman, who have a toddler and shared custody of two children, aged 12, and 14, say their children have already been exposed to a catalogue of horrific behaviour. Their father said: “The stuff they are seeing here, it isn’t normal. They saw a man and woman kicking lumps out of each other in front of their two-year-old, and that’s normal around here. They smell weed everywhere they go and junkies urinating themselves in the close.
“If kids grow up seeing that how are they expected to be better people, if that’s somehow seen as normal?
“There is a big garden but they can’t play in case they find needles or anything else. My child found bullets there. I took them to the police, they said they were for rabbiting guns. It was a blank firing round with a plastic cap on it. If they can shoot a rabbit with it they can cause her damage.”
The constant fear of violence and antisocial behaviour means the man will not leave his partner and children home alone at night and has arranged his shifts at work to accommodate this.
He has asked South Lanarkshire Council to move his family to a more peaceful environment.
“We have been asking for a move for three years, not long after we moved here,” he said.
“We moved here from the homeless list, they said as soon as you move in you can put yourself on the list. She said this is a stop gap.”
“I personally think that people with kids should be moved out of here as the things they see, hear and smell does not encourage them to grow up and thrive in life.”
Daniel Lowe, executive director of housing resources at the council, said: “The council has found no evidence of drug use in Greenhill Court common areas, and any such reports are immediately followed up by the on-site caretaking service and environmental services.
“The council refutes the suggestion Greenhill Court is a ‘trouble block’, and following a major refurbishment programme several years ago, Greenhill Court provides high quality housing within a settled community. In addition, the council liaise regularly with the local tenants’ association over any particular issues to deal with them as they arise.
“Residents can be assured the council will continue to take prompt action to tackle any anti-social behaviour caused by any resident or visitor. We would encourage residents to report any problems to the council’s Anti-Social Behaviour Hotline on 0800-389-1105 or the out of hours noise team on 0800-242024 or Police Scotland on 101.
“South Lanarkshire Council is aware that this family wish to be re-housed into a larger property and should they wish any further information on their housing options should contact the local housing team on 0303 123 1012.”