Glasgow Times

Council spends money on all the wrong things

- Steven McGill

IT seems the council doesn’t have enough money for core services but still has money to waste on street signs. The new ones which are placed on every other pole in Argyle Street are a blight on the urban landscape, and after being there for a week they have already attracted stickers.

And by the state of the street which is more chewing gum than tar, they are lying.

A large percentage of Glasgow don’t bin their butts or their chewing gum. We never needed ‘ People make Glasgow’ signs either. Another blight.

Jim McGregor

I NOTE it can take up to eight weeks for a delivery of a large green bin.

It can take up to six weeks for a streetligh­t to be replaced.

Potholes are assessed on a risk assessment basis, meaning if I burst a tyre I might not even get payment due to the council’s low payment rate.

If I request a street sweeper, I am told they are not available.

If I miss a council tax payment, the council is quick enough to send a reminder and hold me accountabl­e. I can’t see how I am getting value for money for council tax as a citizen of Glasgow.

Name and address supplied “THE contenders talk about uniting Scotland behind their vision for independen­ce. Why can’t they unite Scotland behind a vision for better public services?” ( George Redmond, Thursday).

Why can’t they do both? While the standard of public sector provision may be lacking and clearly needs attention, there are other problems facing Scotland which are beyond the power of Holyrood to resolve and these are not going to go away.

The most pressing of these is, of course, membership of the EU but there are also other key areas such as transport, energy and social security, all of which Westminste­r has shown itself to be too incompeten­t to manage.

Diverting resources from independen­ce to public services is likely to result in an injection of cash too small to make any real difference in the short or long term.

Remaining within the UK is even more likely to result in deficits which may seem less immediate in their effects on daily life, but which will continue to have profound effects on the standard of living in Scotland.

And it is likely to get much worse before it gets better, if ever.

 ?? ?? One of the signs Jim found on a bin in the city
One of the signs Jim found on a bin in the city

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