A lack of sup­port from politi­cians

Rutherglen Reformer - - Reformer View -

I am writ­ing to you as a con­cerned par­ent at the lack of sup­port from our lo­cal coun­cil­lors and MSPs in re­la­tion to school bus pro­vi­sion.

My con­cerns were put to them in writ­ing to them and I must say what a poor re­sponse! To list what I have re­ceived to date: Coun­cil­lor Wal­ter Bro­gan - Has at­tended public meet­ings and showed sup­port by at­tend­ing our re­cent protest walk how­ever noth­ing more to date.

Coun­cil­lor Pamela Clearie - No re­sponse by email or phone and have to ar­range an ap­point­ment to see her.

Coun­cil­lor Chris­tine Deanie - Has at­tended public meet­ings and showed sup­port by at­tend­ing our re­cent protest walk. Has also called me per­son­ally to air her ob­jec­tions how­ever no more to date.

Coun­cil­lor Clare McColl - Called me to show her sup­port and ad­vise be­hind us all the way. Couldn’t at­tend the walk due to phys­i­cal re­straints how­ever noth­ing more to date.

Coun­cil­lor Rus­sell Clearie - No re­sponse by email or phone. Told var­i­ous peo­ple prior to this con­sul­ta­tion it was a done deal and not his ward. It af­fects his ward when most kids will fill the buses in our ward be­fore they hit his ward!!!

Coun­cil­lor Richard Tul­lett - No email or phone call so went to see him at his surgery. Seemed keen to take on boards our con­cerns but noth­ing more to date.

James Kelly MSP - Re­ceived an email which was sent out in mass to all our sub co-mem­bers. Vis­ited him at his surgery and lis­tened to our con­cerns but noth­ing more to date. Have since been told he has put in an ob­jec­tion to the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment re­gard­ing the pro­pos­als although it was un­der due pres­sure from par­ents.

Bob Doris MSP - First to re­spond to my orig­i­nal email and has since e-mailed me since to keep me posted. He has been vo­cal more on the Glas­gow side.

Mar­garet Ferrier MP - No re­sponse by email or phone. Did at­tend our protest walk but again noth­ing more to date.

As you can see it is ex­tremely dis­ap­point­ing and as a par­ent I feel ex­tremely let down by the lack of sup­port from our lo­cal elec­torate in the times when you need them most. Karen Reilly, Sub co-mem­ber, Half­way Com­mu­nity Coun­cil.

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