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Gonnae Get The Grass Cut!

George and Marie next to the hidden Lochfield Road sign

George and Marie next to the hidden Lochfield Road sign

After receiving numerous complaints from annoyed constituents about Renfrewshire Council’s inability to cut grass, Paisley’s MSP George Adam and Paisley South Councillor Marie McGurk are saying enough is enough, get the grass cut! Since March this year, the issue which George has received the most correspondence about is the lack of grass cutting, coupled with the amount of rubbish strewn all over our town. Cllr McGurk has also seen a rise in the number of complaints she is receiving about the same issues.

Commenting on this on-going situation, George said, “Gonnae just get the grass cut. I’m getting sick of asking and my constituents are getting sick of having to complain. Let’s be honest, many parts of Paisley are a complete mess. The grass which runs along parts of Lochfield Road is an eyesore, with weeds over 4ft growing as well. One of the street signs on Lochfield Road is also hidden by grass and a large thistle. It’s nice to see our national flower growing, currently embodied by the Commonwealth Games mascot Clyde, but this jungle is definitely not a fitting back drop. So my message to Renfrewshire Council is a simple one; take accountability for the mess in many parts of our town and get the grass cut!

Cllr McGurk added, “I have been asking for some time to have this section of grass cut on Lochfield Road and area along Barrhead Road. I had been given assurances that it would be, however this failed to happened and my patience is running thin with the powers at be. I have been inundated with calls from local residents asking, why are the council not cutting the grass. I have asked and been told it’s because of a number of different things, but not once have I been given a good reason why it can’t be done. So like George, I have a simply message, get the grass cut!

George Calls for Action on Litter and Grass Cutting

George next to one of many paths across Paisley covered in grass cuttings

George next to one of many paths across Paisley covered in grass cuttings

With many parts of Paisley attracting an unwanted build-up of litter, coupled with overgrown grass and weeds, Paisley’s MSP George Adam has called upon Renfrewshire Council to take immediate action to deal with these issues.  Driving around Paisley at the moment, you constantly see long grass, often up to your knees, which does not appear to have been cut in months.  This in turn, is proving to be an easy dumping ground for litter and in some cases, fly tipping.

 

After asking a question the Scottish Parliament this week, George commented, “I asked the Scottish Government what it is doing to tackle fly-tipping.  Recently the fixed-penalty for fly-tipping has quadrupled, while the Regulatory Reform (Scotland) Act 2014 will allow the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) to impose penalties of up to £40,000.  I was encouraged that in Cabinet Secretary answering my question, Richard Lochhead MSP joined me in calls for Renfrewshire Council to tackle fly-tipping and maintain a presence through the local warden’s service.

 

‘Unfortunately, the Labour administration in Renfrewshire Council has again cut the Street Scene budget, the department responsible for maintaining our streets and parks.  Now we are in a position where many areas of Paisley have grass growing up to your knees, looking as if it has not been cut for months.  This long grass provides the perfect cover for littering and fly-tipping.  Also, I have received numerous complaints that even after grass is cut, it is not collected and removed but often strewn across pavements and roads.

 

‘And I will not hear the same old excuses from Labour on the matter of the budget.  Many people may be unfamiliar with how the local governments are funded.  COSLA, the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities agrees the funding formula which decides how much each council is given.  The leader of Renfrewshire Council, and the Labour group leader at COSLA, agreed to this funding formula, so let’s have no more of this nonsense.

Grass almost up to your knees is currently plotting the Paisley landscape

Grass almost up to your knees is currently blotting the Paisley landscape

 

‘The people of Paisley deserve better than dirty streets, uncut grass and weed covered pavements, not more Labour excuses, hiding the £14m a year they have to spend on their ill-conceived PFI school building project.  Let’s not forget as well the millions of pounds the council currently holds in reserve.  So I plead with the powers that be, to walk around Paisley, even the town centre, and ask yourself, it this good enough?