A UNION is calling for more enforcement officers to tackle fly-tipping issues across Glasgow.

GMB Scotland has urged Glasgow City Council to launch a recruitment campaign to bring on 78 new community enforcement officers with the powers to issue fines to those caught illegally dumping rubbish.

The union, which represents the local authority’s current enforcement staff, claims a staffing boost is needed to handle the issue.

Sean Baillie, GMB Scotland organiser, said: “The council does not have the resources, capacity or staffing levels to keep our streets clean and tidy.

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"Alongside our calls for 100 more refuse collectors and 100 more street sweepers, we are calling for 78 new community enforcement officers with the power to issue penalty notices.”

However, a spokesperson for the council insisted its 35 public health officers have been working alongside community enforcement staff to solve the problem.

They said: “The facts are that public health officers have issued the fixed penalty notices to those guilty of fly-tipping as part of our current enforcement campaign and all of those notices have been issued appropriately.

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“Our community enforcement officers have been identifying fly-tipping incidents at locations in the city as part of the current enforcement campaign and providing support for public health colleagues."

“During the course of this work community enforcement officers have also issued fixed penalty notices in relation to dog fouling and littering, as they have the power to do."