Glasgow hotel for homeless ‘infested with mice’ after resident finds rodents in bed

A hotel for the homeless in Glasgow was ruled “unsuitable for people” after pictures of a mouse infestation emerged.

The Rennie MacIntosh Station Hotel on Union Street was used by the city council to temporarily house the homeless while they await permanent shelter.

Resident Terry Murphy shared how disgusted he was after bugs jumped on his bed at night.

The 48-year-old lived on the top floor of the hotel for six weeks after being placed there by the community.



Terry said he never knows when he will see a mouse

He says mice walk the corridors of the hotel and crawl into the bedrooms.

He told the record: “They are everywhere, in our rooms, in the hallways – wherever you look.

“You can wake up at night and find one sitting in your room or lying on your bed. It’s just awful.

“I tried putting hangers under the door to stop it, but nothing works. You can’t sleep well at night because you can hear it rustling all the time.”

Terry broke up with his partner and ended up on the streets during the pandemic.



Terry said the rodents are walking the corridors of the Glasgow Hotel

He says the rodents made it impossible to sleep at night, but he is waiting for the council to offer him a new home.

He continued, “I’m just waiting to get a move for my own house and it can’t be soon enough.

“Every time you’re in your room just watching TV, you can hear them, it’s not real.

“It’s been every single night for six weeks, it’s terrible. When you get up at night, they run under your bed.

“The boy next door is the same. I can only imagine how bad it is on the lower floors.

“I saw them walking through the corridors.

“The other places I’ve been to have been a lot better last year.

“You have to make changes so people don’t have to live in places like this.

“I look back and just wonder how I ended up in a place like this.”

Complaints about mice in the rooms were filed in April – three residents are said to have moved out as a result.



The Rennie MacIntosh Station Hotel

Reports of bugs on Glasgow’s streets have been increasing since the pandemic began, with locals reporting them on streets and even in children’s play parks.

Garbage collectors and some school workers will go on strike amid a raise during COP26.

Around 1500 cleaners, caretakers, cleaners and catering staff will be deployed on November 1st at the beginning of the climate summit.

Previously, concerns were expressed about how the cleanliness of the city would be perceived on the world stage during the grand summit.

Colin McInnes of the Homeless Project Scotland charity said the organization supported Terry and urged the council to find new places for short-term accommodation.

He told Record, “This hotel is not human and poses a public health hazard.”

Homeless Project Scotland urges the Council to get involved and deal with these people should not be put to sleep with mice that are walking around, it is a public health issue

“We asked the service user for photos to prove this, the conditions are shocking.”

A Glasgow Homeless Service spokeswoman said: “We have been notified of a small number of mouse sightings. Tiny field mice can squeeze through the tightest gap when looking for a warm place to rest.

“Pest control has visited the property and action has been taken to address the problem.

“We will continue to monitor the situation and any resident who has concerns should contact their caregiver for assistance.”

The hotel was also contacted for comment.

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