We must find a so­lu­tion that will get our chil­dren to and from school in safety

Rutherglen Reformer - - Job Spot -

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

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