Road row rages on over Trin­ity

Par­ents hit out over pro­posed school walk

Rutherglen Reformer - - NEWS - Jonathan Ged­des

An­gry par­ents are con­tin­u­ing to protest against Glas­gow City Coun­cil’s plans to make their kids walk along a dan­ger­ous road to reach Trin­ity High.

The Re­former pre­vi­ously re­ported how Glas­gow is set to change the dis­tance at which sec­ondary pupils are en­ti­tled to free school bus travel to the statu­tory three miles in the com­ing term.

Un­der a long-stand­ing agree­ment, kids at­tend­ing a de­nom­i­na­tional school from ar­eas like Fullar­ton Park are able to send them to Trin­ity.

But they will no longer be able to bus their chil­dren for free af­ter the route they were be­ing asked to walk was deemed safe by the coun­cil.

Eleven chil­dren from Fullar­ton Park at­tend Trin­ity, and par­ents fear they’ll be risk­ing their lives try­ing to get along to school.

The pro­tes­tors were re­cently joined by Glas­gow East MP Natalie McGarry (SNP), Bail­lieston coun­cil­lor David Turner (SNP) and Shet­tle­ston coun­cil­lor Martin Neill ( Labour) to walk the pro­posed route, which crosses Lon­don Road, near the busy M74 mo­tor­way.

Par­ent Irene McCal­lum is hor­ri­fied that her daugh­ter Rachel (12) would have to use the route.

She said: “We went on the walk with an MP and two coun­cil­lors, and they couldn’t be­lieve it.

“The coun­cil just keep bat­ting the ball back to us when­ever any­thing is raised with them and we’re up against it now with the school go­ing back next week.

“Look­ing at it, the bar­ri­ers there are hang­ing off, so there’s no pro­tec­tion there.

“Four of us were nearly knocked down when we tried to cross the road, and that’s adults, not chil­dren.

“They keep say­ing it’s the par­ent’s re­spon­si­bil­ity to get the chil­dren there but we can’t all be there ev­ery day of the week.”

Is­sues with the pro­posed route to the school were also raised by Miss McGarry.

She said: “Hav­ing walked the route with par­ents of chil­dren af­fected by these cuts, I share their very real safety con­cerns for their chil­dren.

“The route takes them un­der the M74, across sev­eral very busy round­abouts and on a route through an in­dus­trial es­tate. Many of the cross­ings are not marked and safety rail­ings are dam­aged by crashes on the road.

“I un­der­stand that the coun­cil feels the need to make sav­ings, but this can­not be done by putting chil­dren at risk.

“I felt the dan­ger of walk­ing this route dur­ing the light sum­mer morn­ing. I can­not imag­ine how vul­ner­a­ble pedes­tri­ans must feel dur­ing win­ter with re­duced vis­i­bil­ity for both them and mo­torists.”

Glas­gow City Coun­cil in­sist the de­ci­sion is fi­nal.

Coun­cil­lor Stephen Cur­ran, Ex­ec­u­tive Mem­ber for Ed­u­ca­tion and Young Peo­ple, said: “All the safe route to school in­spec­tions have been con­cluded now.

“The changes to free school trans­port el­i­gi­bil­ity were agreed at the coun­cil’s bud­get meet­ing in Fe­bru­ary and is still be­low the statu­tory obli­ga­tion.

“The sav­ing will be used to re­tain the num­ber of teach­ers in our schools. We have com­mu­ni­cated with par­ents over these changes.

“Where there are no safe routes to school – re­gard­less of the dis­tance – free school trans­port will re­main.”

An­gry Par­ents and their kids are un­happy over the pro­posed route to Trin­ity High

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