We must find a solution that will get our children to and from school in safety
May 7, 2015, was a defining moment where people in Scotland realised they didn’t have to settle for the way things have always been done. Nowhere was this more true than our own area of Cambuslang.
The campaign over, the colours came off and we started to work together with our new MP Margaret Ferrier.
And, however people voted, the local SNP team is working together to improve our community for all who work, live and learn here.
The election battle may be over, but the battle of the buses continues. School buses that is.
As one parent said, “The council’s put the cart before the horse and taken a step back in time. The budget for the buses is cut ... Then they hold a consultation. Why?”
I did not vote to cut the bus funding, nor did any SNP councillor. I am supporting the children and their parents who have handed in a petition and letters expressing their concerns to education department officials.
It remains to be seen what the outcome of the consultation will be after scrutiny of the process by education inspectors which was scheduled to commence on Monday, June 1.
Members of HMI- Education will meet representatives of parents and young people along with teachers this week to consult with them directly. We must find a solution to get our children to school safely.
Last Thursday I was invited to attend the official opening of St Cadoc’s Primary School.
It was a wonderful occasion for the pupils, headteacher Mrs McConnell and her staff to showcase their new school and the abundance of talent.
The pupils excelled themselves with singing, poetry, raps, and sporting skills including spellbinding performances with hula-hoops.
It was a display of hard work and dedication from staff and pupils.
June is the month for school shows, award ceremonies, fun days and fairs which round off the school year with lots of fun.
A great deal of hard work goes in to preparing these events by both pupils and staff. I look forward to the very varied events in addition to the usual council committee meetings and community events.
Last Saturday, Friends of Cambuslang Park hosted a Bike Town event.
Everyone enjoyed the stalls and games in the sunshine. There were free bike checks by Matt’s expert team. Look out for other Bike Town roadshows where the team will check your bikes to ensure they are safe for summer.
I hold surgeries on the first and fourth Thursdays in the month. Ward 14 covers Halfway, Newton and Drumsagard, Lightburn and Cairns to Greenlees Road and Westburn.
Most of my work comes directly from constituents’ e-mails and telephone calls. Do not hesitate to contact me if you have any issues. I can then arrange a meeting at a time and place to suit.
Out and about Margaret Ferrier MP (centre), Councillor Christine Deanie and Matt Laird from Friends of Cambuslang Park