A MUM-of-four has told of her misery at living in a block of Greenock flats with sewage in the back garden and surrounded by dumped rubbish.

Gemma Collins has been left unable to open her window for months due to the stench from a burst pipe and people have also been using the block for fly-tipping.

She says it left her kids have been unable to go outside to play as a result of their living conditions.

Gemma says she made a complaint to her landlord but Scottish Water advised it hadn't been reported to them.

Gemma, 27, of Kilcreggan View, said: "I can't open my windows because it is stinking.

"It's been going on since the first lockdown and nothing has been done about it."

"It's even worse in the summer.

Gemma Collins Kilcreggan View, Greenock.

Gemma Collins Kilcreggan View, Greenock.

"I've got young children and this is a health hazard.

"The grass is like a marsh and the flood runs the whole length of the building."

Gemma has a daughter Tia Woodman, 10, sons John, six, and Oliver, five, and youngest child Louise, who is four.

She says that the area where the family stays is going downhill, with the fly-tipping another sign of how rundown it has become.

Gemma said: "It just appears from nowhere.

"A lady who lived downstairs actually paid for a van and got someone to get rid of all the rubbish but within a few days it was back as bad as ever.

"People have also been dumping stuff in our cupboard at the back of the building and none of this belongs to us.

Gemma Collins Kilcreggan View, Greenock.

Gemma Collins Kilcreggan View, Greenock.

"My kids' bikes are stuck in there somewhere at the back of all that mess."

Scottish Water confirmed that the burst pipe hadn't been reported and invited Gemma to make direct contact so that it could be attended to.

Inverclyde Council has meanwhile slammed those responsible for abandoning all the rubbish.

A spokesperson said: “Fly-tipping is completely out of order.

“It blights neighbourhoods, communities, beauty spots and has a detrimental impact on the environment and public resources.

“Where fly-tipping happens on council land we will take appropriate action but we have no remit where private property is involved.

“The same applies for vehicles on private land.

"This would be a matter for the police.

“We’d like to take this opportunity to ask residents to do their bit to help tackle fly-tipping by reporting incidents via the Dumb Dumpers helpline on 0845 2 30 40 90 or through the Inverclyde Council Customer Service Centre on 717171.

“Anyone caught illegally dumping items can face a £200 on the spot fine and potential prosecution with a fine of up to £40,000 and/or imprisonment for up to 12 months if found guilty.”