Stormy meet­ing

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

Fu­ri­ous par­ents shouted“shame on you”at coun­cil­lors af­ter the de­ci­sion was passed at last week’s meet­ing.

And dozens more protested out­side the coun­cil build­ings be­fore the meet­ing last Wed­nes­day.

SNP coun­cil­lors, led by Hamil­ton West and Earnock coun­cil­lor, John Men­zies, and sec­onded by East Kil­bride Cen­tral North coun­cil­lor, Anne Mags, had put for­ward a mo­tion to rip up the rec­om­men­da­tions and go back to the draw­ing board.

But this was voted down and they were ac­cused by the coun­cil’s leader, Labour’s Ed­die McAvoy, of fail­ing to get in­volved with the tough fi­nan­cial de­ci­sions the coun­cil have to make or com­ing up with work­able sug­ges­tions to try and find the sav­ings else­where.

Cllr Men­zies said:“This is a very dif­fi­cult and highly emo­tive is­sue.

“I am not here to blame any­one but to voice the con­cerns of the peo­ple I rep­re­sent.”

And ques­tion­ing coun­cil leader McAvoy, Cllr Mags said:“Do you re­ally think it is right for chil­dren to be walk­ing across slip roads and maybe even mo­tor­ways to get to school? My main con­cern is the safety of our chil­dren and God help us if any­thing hap­pens to any one of them.”

But Cllr McAvoy hit back say­ing:“I would love to agree with the SNP’s pro­posal – all I need is for some­one to come up with £1mil­lion of sav­ings else­where.

“This has been dis­cussed for the last 10 months and still no one has come up with any an­swers – if we can’t come up with an an­swer in that time then we aren’t go­ing to come up with one in the next six weeks.”

Labour’s Cam­bus­lang West Cllr, Richard Tul­let, who said:“The real prob­lem with what is be­ing said by the SNP is that they show no real en­gage­ment with the fi­nan­cial is­sues we face.”

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