Penny-pinch­ing coun­cil lam­basted by mum over lack of bus pass for lit­tle Jeff, 5

Paisley Daily Express - - Paisley’s Past -

Pint-sized Jeff Meechan was only five but al­ready he’d be­come a vic­tim of red-tape.

The young­ster was the only child in his street who had to pay a fare among a bus-load of about 40 chil­dren trav­el­ling each day to St Catherine’s and Gal­lowhill Pri­mary Schools in Pais­ley, we re­ported in Septem­ber 1983.

All his friends and class­mates had spe­cial travel passes but the ed­u­ca­tion au­thor­ity re­fused to give Jeff one.

The rea­son, claimed his an­gry mum Mrs Marie Meechan, is that the fam­ily lived at 32 Cly­des­dale Av­enue, Sandy­ford.

“If we stayed at 40 Cly­des­dale Av­enue, or in any house above that num­ber, my son would qual­ify for a free bus pass.

“Now he holds the unique po­si­tion of be­ing the only fare- pay­ing child on that bus. “It’s pa­thetic.” Every day lit­tle Jeff paid a 20p re­turn fare to the driver of the bus to take him to St Catherine’s School in Bran­bloch Cres­cent, which was about a mile from his home.

His mum added: “I think it’s a bit em­bar­rass­ing for Jeff hav­ing to pay and I’m sure that’s the feel­ing of the bus driver too.

“The sit­u­a­tion be­came more an­noy­ing when I found there was al­ways at least 12 empty seats on the bus.”

A spokesman for the ed­u­ca­tion au­thor­ity said the Meechan fam­ily lived within a mile of the school.

“We have to make a cut-off point some­where and this is at 40 Cly­des­dale Av­enue.

“It is only those pupils who live be­yond a mile who get the bus pass.”

On the bus But lit­tle Jeff had to pay

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