Horrified Glasgow residents say they live in ‘dirt and fear’ in apartment block
Horrified residents say they are living in ‘dirt and fear’ because of ‘gangs of violent thugs’ allegedly terrorizing an apartment block in Glasgow.
The Glasgow Times has received shocking footage from the tower block in Dalmarnock’s Ashgrove Road which shows excrement smeared on the walls, urine stained floors, badly damaged gates and communal garden, dirty bags full of rubbish dumped in the outside the apartments, rubbish overflowing into the bins and bloodstained on the walls.
Calls by tenants for CCTV cameras to be installed to combat thugs at the Link Housing complex have reportedly fallen on deaf ears.
A mother says she now fears for her life and is trapped because she cannot afford to move.
She said: ‘I’m really scared for the safety of my two young children and myself. It’s like being in a war zone and I’m constantly on edge.
“There were violent fights inside the building and blood left on the walls. People are using the hallway as a toilet and there is feces and urine all over the floors. It’s absolutely disgusting and dangerous to health.
“I am terrified of what might happen next and refuse to let my two young children play. People come and go from the apartments all night, and someone even tried to break into my house at 5am. My kids woke up and were so scared they couldn’t stop crying.”
She added: “Trash is constantly thrown throughout the building, there is graffiti all over the walls, dog damage, vandalism and widespread drug and alcohol abuse.
“It’s not a safe place to live and nothing is being done. There are a lot of decent people living here and we are tired of being ignored. It seems that our complaints are not taken seriously. No one should have to live like this. People now fear for their lives.
The new social housing construction was opened 13 months ago and promised residents “a safe community space”.
However, just weeks after moving in, concerns were raised about the condition of the building.
The tenants also told The Times that their rent and maintenance charges had gone up despite the alleged squalor in which they lived.
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Another resident added: ‘I was told it would be a great place to live and a safe environment to raise my children. When I was offered my two bedroom property I jumped at the chance and couldn’t wait to move in
“Just a few weeks after getting the keys, the bin area was overflowing leaving a disgusting smell. Alarms were damaged, glass doors shattered and it soon became clear that it was not families who were being displaced, but thugs and thugs.
“We had a bike stolen right outside our door and had to deal with loud music and all night parties.
“People are staggering around the building drunk or obviously on drugs at all hours of the day. It’s gotten to the point where any decent people hate living here. There is fighting and violence on the landings every other night and it is only a matter of time before someone is seriously injured or killed.
“My apartment has never been inspected since I’ve been living here. My house is in immaculate condition, but I would like to know why inspections are not carried out regularly. I can only imagine the state some properties must be in.
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The Glasgow Times understands that weekly cleanings of the building take place, but residents say that within days the mess is worse than ever.
Crisis meetings between tenants and Link Housing representatives have been held in a bid to resolve the issues, but households say no action has been taken to tackle the thugs.
Another resident said: ‘The way to fix this properly is to install CCTV cameras and help people feel safe. We had quotes of around £600 for eight cameras to be installed in the common areas. Surely that would be cheaper than the association paying a small fortune to repair the constant damage?
“Something has to be done because this situation cannot continue. It’s an ongoing problem, and we want a long-term solution, not just a quick fix. I really think the association needs to review who is housed in these apartments.
“Weekends are the worst, and something has to change. There are decent people here working hard and finally having enough. We want this to be resolved.”
A spokesperson for Link Housing said: ‘We are aware of the issues at our Dalmarnock development and have worked closely with tenants and other agencies to resolve them.
“We held a tenants meeting on June 16, 2022, where issues affecting the development, including a request for CCTV, were discussed.
“We will continue to carry out regular property inspections and in-person visits to address reported issues. We do not install CCTV in our developments.
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A follow-up meeting should take place in July.
The spokesperson added: “In addition, senior housing executives from Link visited the development [on Friday] and noted that many of the issues reported by tenants had been resolved.
“Additionally, an inspection of the bin store showed improved conditions inside, and replacement glass has been ordered to repair a closed door that was recently vandalized. This repair will be carried out as soon as the specialist glass is available. available.
Link Housing said it encouraged tenants to report concerns and was in regular contact with residents through a local newsletter.
The spokesperson said: ‘All incidents of crime and/or anti-social behavior are investigated, with a Link Housing officer visiting affected households, and we are working closely with Police Scotland and other statutory authorities with respect to our overall development management.
“We will continue to work with our tenants to maintain good standards within the estate and to take action on anti-social behavior with the support of Police Scotland and Community Safety.”
Police Scotland said a crime report had been filed for the damage to the door.
A spokesperson for the force added: ‘Around midday on Thursday June 23, officers received a report from a flat in Ashgrove Road, Glasgow, of human litter in the communal fence and vandalism to the front door .
“Advice has been given to the appellant and investigations are continuing.