Disabled woman ‘left to rot’ in ‘death trap flats’ with blood on lift buttons

Shocking pictures taken by a woman living on a "death trap" housing estate show blood on lift buttons, spit marks on the floor and broken glass on the ground.

A visually impaired woman living at Maryhill’s Wyndford Estate claims tenants have been "left to rot" as the country gets to grips with the global pandemic coronavirus.

Tenants have also complained of faeces in the stairs, Glasgow Live reports, and were forced to climb into the blood-stained lift as a result.

June, 35, a tenant at Maryhill, who wants to remain anonymous, claims to of spend hundreds of pounds in veterinary fees in recent months after he guide dog stepped in glass.

She said she was ignored by housing association Cube, who manage the estate, and claims they admitted they had not increased cleaning efforts during the COVID-19 outbreak, allegations Cube strongly denies.

June told Glasgow Live: "They treat us like animals. The lift hasn't been cleaned at all. It smells disgusting.

"They mop using dirty water and wipe the stainless steel. You can see the marks on the stainless steel. You can see actual spit marks and mud on the floor.

"Outside there are needles, broken glass, spoons and other drug paraphernalia blowing around. Nothing is being done about it.

"I'd go as far as saying this is a human rights violation. They have left us here to rot. It’s a death trap."

June, who also suffers from asthma, and could be at risk of COVID-19 complications, fought back tears as she describes the moment she discovered her guide dog had been injured.

She said she had to carry the pup down the fire escape to avoid using the bloody lift.

The 35-year-old even claims she witnessed an energy supply worker spit on her doorstep last month.

She said: "I didn't open the door because I was a bit nervous so I was watching him through the peephole using my better eye.

"He was hawking up and spat all over my door. I complained week after week for them to wipe it off.

"They finally did it after four weeks – but they hadn't even cleaned the floor properly, they just dragged a mop over it.

"There's actually bodily fluid on my door frame during a pandemic and I'm a vulnerable person. They just look at the computer and say it has been done."

June moved into the Wyndford flats last July after she could no longer afford to live in Glasgow.

When she arrived at her new home she said there was no fridge, no cooker and the toilet was malfunctioning.

The floors and windows had been stripped bare and the wallpaper was hanging off and was given a £150 B&Q gift card to fix the flat.

She said: "Many of the people currently here are battling drug addiction and perhaps don't understand what is happening. Many of them suffer with disabilities, suffering from TB and chest infections but go around the city, exchanging money and sharing needles.

"We feel forgotten, ignored and trapped in oblivion. I’m so worried and I don't want to catch it from this place.

"All they have to do to keep us safe is rinse things every now and then. This all speaks to a culture that people are here to be exploited. We can be profited from. It feels like we're just scumbags to them."

In a statement given to Daily Star Online, Cube strongly denied all claims and said it is has carried out "two deep cleans" to the tenant's landing "in the last four weeks."

Cube said: "Regular cleaning, patrols and fire safety checks in our multi-storey blocks have always been our main priority and will continue to be in the weeks ahead.

"Since the tenant brought these issues to our attention, we have carried out two deep cleans to her landing as well as further cleans, including sanitising her door, in the last four weeks.

"We are trying to get in touch with her to see what more we can do to help her.

"We are doing the best we possibly can in what are exceptionally difficult circumstances.

"If any customer has any issues they should get in touch with us, and although we are currently running restricted services due to the Coronavirus situation, our teams will get to issues as quickly as they can."

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