A lack of support from politicians
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.