|Report from the Courier 4 April 2016|
I am shocked at reports in the Courier this morning about rats running about in daylight in the city centre. I am even more shocked by the admission by the City Council that this is happening before cuts to street cleaning take effect. What state will the city be in then?
These pictures are shocking. I will be seeking answers from the City Council about this. The case for reducing the numbers of street cleaners has never convinced me. Dundee is one of the best performing council's for street cleaning according to surveys. It is strange that the council has chosen to undermine this by reducing numbers of workers.
The council needs to ask whether the people of Dundee want to see rats running about in our city centre or anywhere else. I think I know the answer to that. We need to ensure that street cleaning is given the priority it deserves and which the people of Dundee expect
This is a consequence of the Dundee SNP meekly accepting cuts from Holyrood and effectively being a conveyor belt for Tory austerity. These choices have consequences and in this case the consequence is rats on our streets.