Council to blame for cuts agenda
School bus cuts
Speaking of cuts, there has been much anger and upset recently about the slashing of free school buses imposed by some South Lanarkshire councillors.
From this arose a real spirit of activism; well-organised parent groups sprang up across the constituency to fight for what they perceived as an unfair cut to a much-needed service.
I was as disappointed as anyone else at the final decision, and have been keeping an eye on the situation to figure out what can now be done to overturn it.
The news that Glasgow City Council have now reversed their school bus cuts, under pressure from parents and the SNP opposition, is particularly welcome and will no doubt give many some hope that the same can happen at South Lanarkshire Council.
And the same should happen. The Labour benches in Glasgow, to their credit, have realised how wrong they were to impose the cut.
Their decision to scrap the proposal shows that common sense can win out, with robust and sustained opposition.
Now is the time for South Lanarkshire Council to follow suit and perform a U-turn on this extremely ill-conceived cut.
Last week I visited the Army Cadet Force base at Dechmont. Having never visited before I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, and must admit I was surprised to find out just how much they do.
This programme is a great way for young people to be involved in something active and constructive.
I was taken on a full tour of the facility, and shown some of the activities that the youngsters get up to when they go there for the weekend.
“I got a first-hand view of the underground target practice range where the cadets can sharpen their marksman skills, shortly followed by a glance at their silverware cabinet, wellstocked from the many shooting competitions the company have won.
The cadets seem to do plenty off the base too, and regularly take out their kayaks to practice their canoeing skills.
I’ve often wanted more for kids to do to keep them off the streets, and this facility does exactly that.
If you’re looking for something that your own children can get involved in that instils discipline, respect, and is fun, then I’d encourage you to get in touch with the company.
Common sense can win out with robust and sustained opposition
Meeting Margaret with Colin McCormack and Derek Balfour at Dechmont