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Following the news that Glasgow City Council are to once more provide school transport to children who have had their provision removed due to council costcutting measures, Aileen Campbell has called on South Lanarkshire Council to follow suit. The news came on the back of a campaign led by parents and SNP representatives to force the council to reconsider their proposals, especially given the safety concerns regarding some of the routes. The areas most badly affected by the cuts were in many cases some of the most disadvantaged in the city. Others had had their local school shut only for the council to then withdraw the bus provision to the neighbouring school.

Aileen said:

"It’s encouraging to see Glasgow City Council listen to campaigners and parents, who like the parents in South Lanarkshire have demonstrated quite clearly that these cuts would impact on child safety and disadvantage those children affected by them. Despite the disruption they’ve already caused to parents, Glasgow City Council have at least had the bottle to reconsider this decision. South Lanarkshire Council should be taking note, and instead of consigning these proposals to the long grass, they should consign them to the dustbin.

"Parents across Clydesdale have made their concerns about these proposals very clear. I know from my own surveys that those areas hit hardest like Blackwood, Kirkmuirhill and Kirkfieldbank are all overwhelmingly opposed to the council’s plans. The council should take note of these concerns and the example of their Labour colleagues in Glasgow. They should admit they have made a mistake and scrap them completely."

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Aileen Campbell MSP, Kirkton Chambers, 12 Kirkton Street, Carluke ML8 4AB • 01555 750 249 • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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