Cross­ing pa­trollers re­moval

East Kilbride News - - SPOTLIGHT -

Dear Ed­i­tor,

I read the breath­tak­ing hypocrisy Gra­ham Simp­son has writ­ten in his latest col­umn (Pen­nypinch­ing de­ci­sion to axe cross­ing pa­trols, Oc­to­ber 4).

He claimed: “It was a sad day a cou­ple of weeks ago for the res­i­dents of my area of the town.

“Our lo­cal lol­lipop man Jim McCul­loch safely saw his last school­child­ren across the road at Ste­wart­field Cres­cent after nine years of ded­i­cated ser­vice.

“SNP-led South La­nark­shire Coun­cil, in their wis­dom, de­cided that there was no longer a need for Jim’s ser­vices.”

The truth of the mat­ter is the re­moval of this cross­ing pa­troller was part of the fi­nal ef­fi­ciency sav­ing re­lat­ing to the re­moval of school pa­trollers since 2010/2011, it was the last of five sav­ing pro­pos­als un­der the last Tory/Labour ad­min­is­tra­tion which has presided over the re­moval of 149 school cross­ing pa­trollers which did not meet the cri­te­ria and Gra­ham Simp­son voted in favour of all five pro­pos­als.

Is Gra­ham Simp­son hon­estly say­ing that only one of the 149 pa­trollers that he voted to re­move should be re­in­stated be­cause it is in his area of the town?

As a list MSP, does he not care about the other 148 cross­ing pa­trollers? After all, he was happy to vote in favour of their re­moval.

Is he say­ing this par­tic­u­lar street should have a pa­troller al­though it does not meet the cri­te­ria, a cri­te­ria he was happy to use when re­ject­ing re­quests for pa­trollers to be in­stalled when he was chair of the road safety com­mit­tee?

As these and the other cuts are a di­rect re­sult of the Tories’ aus­ter­ity agenda, my ad­vice is stop blam­ing oth­ers for the de­ci­sion you took as a coun­cil­lor and in­stead use your time to per­suade Theresa May to COUGH up some ad­di­tional fund­ing for pub­lic ser­vices. Coun­cil­lor John An­der­son, East Kil­bride Cen­tral South

Put a stop to van­dal­ism Dear Ed­i­tor,

It was with great sad­ness that I read your story about the MUGA pitch at South Park Pri­mary School be­ing badly dam­aged by van­dal­ism (School pitch is wrecked, Oc­to­ber 4).

Once again, money which could be bet­ter spent else­where will have to be used to re­pair the dam­age caused by in­di­vid­u­als who could not give a damn about the im­pact of their anti-so­cial be­hav­iour and self­ish ac­tions.

It seems that be­ing pur­sued by the po­lice is of no de­ter­rent to these yobs and you have to won­der what it would take for them to take a look at what they are do­ing and stop.

This isn’t just high jinx. Fa­cil­i­ties such as the one at South Park cost an aw­ful lot of money to con­struct and, there­fore, there is a price to be paid if they have to be re­paired.

There is also the im­pact on the boys and girls who reg­u­larly use the pitch and hav­ing to ex­plain to them why cer­tain events can’t be held or ar­eas used.

Maybe the way to make these van­dals see sense is if they were forced to stand up in front of a school hall of par­ents, teach­ers and kids and ex­plain their ac­tions. Would they find that ‘just a laugh’? D Miller, via email

Thanky­ou­very­much Dear Ed­i­tor,

Thank you to all the ten­ants at Plover Drive Shel­tered Hous­ing Com­plex for rais­ing a fan­tas­tic £402 at our re­cent cof­fee morn­ing for Macmil­lan Cancer Sup­port.

Well done to all the fan­tas­tic fundrais­ers, knit­ters , bak­ers, vol­un­teers and staff. Cather­ine Bea­gan, Shel­tered Hous­ing Of­fi­cer, East Kil­bride

Who’s look­ing at you? This High­land Cow at Wester Kit­tochside was snapped by News reader Karen M Scott. Send your land­scapes and scenic images to news@east­k­il­bri­de­news.co.uk for pub­li­ca­tion.

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