We need clarity
A wannabe terrorist from Cambuslang who had claimed on Twitter that he wanted to join ISIS was behind bars after being found guilty of intending to stir up hatred on religious grounds.
Abdul Hafes (35), posted on Twitter he“hates Shia and Kurds”and said they should die.
He commented he wanted to join the terrorist group ISIS and asked for information to be emailed to him.
Hafes pled guilty at Glasgow Sheriff Court to intending to stir up hatred on religious grounds and making racist remarks and inquiring about joining ISIS.
In the same week, a controversial Republican march had to be scrapped before it reached Rutherglen on public safety grounds.
I write in the hope that South Lanarkshire Council could clarify some points with regard to the withdrawal of the school bus transport.
Could it be that the £72m paid out for the equal pay settlement or perhaps the £3.5m going to the new Cathkin Relief Road. Are equal pay claims still to be settled this year are some of the reasons for the councils cut backs affecting the school bus travel costs? The explanation by South Lanarkshire Council is that these costs were met from the council’s reserve funds – which leads me to ask; if we have that much in reserves – is it so impossible to find £1million to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our children?
This year the council increased the council house rents by 3.5 per cent and now expect parents who live in one of the top 10 data zones of poverty and deprivation to find another £12 each week for each child to travel to school and let’s remember some families have more than one child traveling to school.
The head of education, Jim Gilhooly did not know children from Carmyle and Fullarton Park attend Trinity High School, and is unaware (as he stated at our public meeting) of territorial issues between our local secondary schools. And why does he not know of the presence of a police officer in Trinity High and Stonelaw High to help with these issues?
It would be interesting to know if any of our councillors from the East and West wards who supported this decision took cognisance of objections or petitions from the affected families. Surely elected members are put in a position of trust to ensure the best needs of the electorate in their constituencies are met and what better way of doing this than to ensure the health and safety of our children and their future at all costs - instead of just following the party whip.
I and members of our local community believe a much needed secondary school for this area would be in the best interest of our children and would in the long run alleviate all these problems, but the council’s answer to this proposal is we can’t afford it stating: “it would cost £30m”. There has been massive house building in our area: Drumsagard; Newton Farm; Gilbertfield; Hallside and with these builds are remunerations of community gain money and while I know that this would not meet all costs required for a new secondary school it could at least be a start but, to no avail, as I have learned from Lindsay Freeland, Chief Executive South Lanarkshire Council; that the community gain money already in hand from Gilbertfield and Newton Farm is being used to refurbish Uddingston Grammar School, a school entirely outside our area so funds lost to our local community.
Apart from no secondary school Halfway and surrounding areas have no major community facilities as they have in Fairhill, Whitehill and Fernhill, areas which have brand new community facilities at a cost of circa £5m each.
The accepted proposal at the executive committee meeting on 26 August that after April 2016 children who receive free school meals will be the only children to access free school transport is atrocious emphasising on children whose families are on low incomes or unemployment; is this not what we as a caring society sought to eradicate; to un-stigmatise our most vulnerable in our community?
All elected members who voted to remove the school bus transport for our children should hang their heads in shame they forget who they are elected to represent and in our areas it is some of the most deprived families in Scotland and if our elected representatives do not put our most vulnerable at the heart of our community; then who will? John Edgar Letterickhills Crescent
remove the free high school buses in April 2016.
We live in Halfway and they are expecting my child to walk on an unsafe route to and from Cathkin High every week day, up to six miles per day. I have asked for a Road Safety Risk Assessment and to date have not received one.
I am so angry that the committee decided to go ahead with this decision. I have put in my objections to this, been to local councillors, MSP and emailed all executive committee members prior to this decision urging them to listen to us parents and take into account the safety aspects that our children will face every day.
I am appalled that they have not addressed any safety issues raised and went ahead with this proposal. All they seemed to be concerned about was saving money. How can they put money before children’s safety?
They have now decided to keep the buses on for children who receive free school meals, this new decision, which was never on the consultation document, will have an affect on all children. It’s hard enough for children these days without them singling out children whose parents need help with free school meals.
Also what about the parents who don’t qualify for free school meals but are on the breadline? The society we live in today will make it so difficult for these children. Everyone will know who’s on certain benefits and who’s not. This is a ridiculous way to treat all children irrespective of their circumstances.
I am furious and upset about these decisions, and shame on all 20 Executive committee members who voted for this. Let’s hope for all our sakes that come April 2016 when these cuts come that God forbid nothing happens to our children Vicky Allan Halfway