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These are the filthy, rat-infested side streets and alleyways that COP26 delegates won’t see when they come to Scotland next month.
Refuse collectors have said they can’t cope with cuts that have led to a rise in rancid conditions in Glasgow’s streets – just miles from where world leaders will thrash out a climate change deal.
GMB officials, who have now pleaded with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to intervene in the waste row, took our reporter to some of the worst-hit areas.
Union officials have said the city’s back streets have become Glasgow’s “secret shame”.
They warned staff were risking injury to get the streets tidied up in time for the eco conference.
In a lane near Allison Street, in Govanhill, in the heart of the First Minister’s constituency, we found rat traps, abandoned mattresses and litter. At nearby flats, overflowing bins spilled into common areas, making it a no-go area for residents.
In neighbouring Cessnock, in lanes that run parallel to the main clean thoroughfare, litter lay piled up in common areas.
Fly-tipping has increased after the council introduced a £35 special uplift charge this year.
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