Coun­cil to blame for cuts agenda

Rutherglen Reformer - - Memory Lane -

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.

Army Cadets

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

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