‘Time to think again’

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

Both Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang’s MP and MSP have called on South La­nark­shire Coun­cil to re-think their school bus pro­pos­als af­ter the pub­li­ca­tion of the con­sul­ta­tion out­come.

Mar­garet Ferrier MP re­leased a joint state­ment with her fel­low SNP MPs and MSPs in South La­nark­shire. The state­ment, from Ms Ferrier as well as An­gela Crawley MP, Lisa Cameron MP, Linda Fabi­ani MSP, Aileen Camp­bell MSP and Christina McKelvie MSP, said: “South La­nark­shire’s pro­posal to cut the school bus pro­vi­sion is at best un­work­able, and at worst dan­ger­ous. The changes could leave as many as 2,300 chil­dren with­out an ap­pro­pri­ate means of get­ting to and from school.

“No com­mer­cial bus provider could pos­si­bly deal with this in­crease in de­mand, and the ‘safe-walk­ing’ routes the coun­cil is­sued as an al­ter­na­tive have al­ready been widely crit­i­cised.

“But de­spite this, South La­nark­shire Labour seem de­ter­mined to im­ple­ment this ill thought-out pol­icy, with lit­tle re­gard for those af­fected.”

James Kelly MSP also urged coun­cil­lors to drop the plan at an ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee on Au­gust 26, de­spite South La­nark­shire be­ing a Labour-run coun­cil.

But he also called on the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment to step in to sort the sit­u­a­tion out: “The SNP gov­ern­ment in Ed­in­burgh have placed the coun­cil in a very dif­fi­cult po­si­tion by in­tro­duc­ing leg­is­la­tion amend­ing dis­tance for school trans­port pro­vi­sion from three miles to two miles.

“The SNP have also made mas­sive cuts to the coun­cil’s bud­get year af­ter year.

“These changes place an un­fair bur­den on my con­stituents and I hope both the coun­cil and the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment take the ap­pro­pri­ate mea­sures to re­verse these changes.”

Glas­gow MSP, Bob Doris of the SNP, who has cam­paigned against the change, said:“These con­sul­ta­tion re­sults pro­vide pow­er­ful ev­i­dence that the coun­cil should ditch these ill con­sid­ered plans.

“With 94 per cent of re­spon­dents firmly op­pos­ing plans, it is time for the coun­cil to do the right thing and think again.’’

Bus stop SNP MPs and MSPs, in­clud­ing Mar­garet Ferrier MP (sec­ond left), are op­posedBul­let Greatto changes­bit of to free school bus pro­vi­sion

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