MARION WRITES TO CLLR LOGUE OVER ST THOMAS PUPIL SAFETY FEARS

22nd September 2017

LABOUR CUT TRANSPORT AND FORCE PUPILS TO WALK DANGEROUS ROUTE TO SCHOOL

Motherwell and Wishaw MP, Marion Fellows, this week wrote to North Lanarkshire Council leader, Jim Logue, over plans to cut transport for St Thomas’ pupils in the Wishawhill area forcing them to walk a dangerous route to school.

Parents were informed last week that as of June 2018, school transport would be cut after a new route was deemed safe by NLC.

Commenting, Marion said:

“I am appalled that after seven years North Lanarkshire Council is withdrawing privilege transport access from children in Wishawhill.

“Parents are right to be concerned. Pupils from St Thomas’ Primary will have to cross Netherton Street – one of the busiest streets in Wishaw. Its proximity to Wishaw General makes it even more dangerous.

“Emergency ambulances use that route all the time. Even if a Crossing Patrol is in place this should not be described as a safe walking route.

“North Lanarkshire Council’s cynical move to save money whilst putting children at risk must not be allowed.

“While NLC has rules on who is entitled to school transport, this case is exceptional and pupil safety must always be put first.

“NLC must think again and I have written to council leader Jim Logue to ask that he does so.”

Councillor Alan Valentine added:

“I am hugely concerned to learn from parents that this privileged transport is being removed.

“I was at the meeting in 2010 where this transport was agreed following the closure of St Matthew’s Primary School.

“At that point there was no safe walking routes identified. Now seven years on suddenly there are three routes deemed safe.

“Myself and my SNP colleagues will fight against these decisions taken without consultation with the local communities involved.

“The safety of our children has to be our priority before underhand budget cuts.”