Community councillors say their demands to solve a "cleansing crisis" in Govanhill are falling on deaf ears.

One year on from a heated Govanhill and Crosshill Community Council meeting where residents slammed the state of the streets, locals say they are still waiting for improvements to be made.

Community leaders claim the council is trying to put the onus on them to clean up the area.

The Evening Times joined the community council on a tour of the area where we found commercial waste that had not been collected, household rubbish including dirty nappies in lanes, and bags of refuse lying next to street bins.

Glasgow City Council has strongly refuted claims of inaction and pointed to the area's enhanced cleansing services and additional investment.

But for locals, the enhanced service is not having the desired impact.

Cheryl McCormick, chairwoman of Govanhill and Crosshill Community Council, said: "Govanhill might have an enhanced service but at the end of the day it is not working for the area, an area that has high demands.

"We want a plan that contains specifics about what cleansing will done and when, and a plan that has action points that can be measured.

"At the moment it is very generalised points with no serious targets with no way of measuring any of the outcomes to identify whether they have been successful.

"Ultimately what we want is to know that we can get up in the morning and come outside knowing there won't be piles of rubbish lying on the streets."

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Following last year's community council meeting, the local authority said it would work with locals to develop and action plan for the area.

The themes in the plan include: street cleansing, regulation and enforcement, refuse and bulk, pest control, education, community engagement and participation.

Under these categories are 31 points of action.

But the council now says it is waiting for input from the community council - and the community council says it has given feedback yet the plan is "woefully inadequate".

One of the promises was a deep clean of the area but Cheryl says this was not carried out effectively.

She said: "The plan was going back and forth. We would say we weren't happy with it and they would tweak a little bit and send it back... and it was dragging on.

"So we said to just show us the final version and we would work from there.

"It's about what goes on as a result of the action plan.

"So, we were promised a deep clean of the area and that was really promising but I took photographs afterwards and they did not show the results of a deep clean at all.

"We were told all the graffiti in the area would be removed but it was not.

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"We were told the streets would be closed to traffic for deep cleaning to take place but cars were left parked despite signs that went up.

"While that's not the council's fault, they did say there were too many cars for them to move them all.

"But why not move a few to set a precedent? Once a few cars had been moved, drivers would move the others.

Fellow community councillor Marion Nisbet added: "The plan is woefully inadequate.

"Govanhill, like the rest of the city, has been victim to swingeing resource cuts. Giving us back a bit of what we've lost does not make up for it."

The community council has written to several local councillors, as well as Chief Executive Anne Marie O'Donnell and Neighbourhoods and Sustainability Executive Director George Gillespie.

They say they have received no responses as yet.

A Glasgow City Council spokesman said: “We have been working closely with the local community council on an action plan to address Govanhill’s cleansing issues.

“We are waiting for a response from the group on a final draft of the plan but hope to meet with them and other interested residents and stakeholders as soon as possible."

The council points to additional resources in the community such as dedicated arrangements for bulk uplift, street cleansing, rapid response and environmental health.

The spokesman said: “The aim of the action plan is to reduce the litter and refuse that’s being wrongly disposed of in the area and encourage everyone connected to the area to play their part in ensuring a clean and tidy community.

“The council’s commitment as part of the plan is to deliver efficient and effective services for the benefit of the community.

“The overall objective is that Govanhill is a community where everyone contributes to a positive environment.”

But Cheryl added: "It seems very much as if the council wants to put the onus for cleansing back on the community.

"Yes, a small number of people in the area don't comply with disposing of their rubbish as they should but the vast majority do.

"We pay our council tax and for that we expect to have an effective service."