Falkirk East MSP and Grangemouth Councillor Angus MacDonald has hailed a u-turn by Falkirk Council’s Education Department regarding the provision of public transport for pupils travelling from Grangemouth’s Old Town to Beancross Primary School in the centre of the town.
Falkirk Council continually refused to provide transport for Old Town children, stating that council policy stipulated that children who live between one and two miles from their local primary school will only receive free transport until they reach the age of eight.
However, following the controversial decision by Falkirk Council to allow a new ASDA distribution centre to be built on the former ICI recreational grounds, Angus MacDonald, in his capacity as local MSP and a local Councillor raised his concerns with the newly appointed Director of Education, Andrew Sutherland, who agreed, having walked the route, that the matter had to be revisited.
Welcoming the u-turn Angus MacDonald MSP said:
“I am delighted that the Education Department have finally seen sense and will provide free transport provision for pupils from the start of the school session in August, albeit on a temporary basis to start with.
“Given that I am in my final week as a Grangemouth Councillor this is a result any elected representative would want in their final days of representing their constituents on the Council. I am pleased the Director and his staff have listened to the concerns raised, however we must keep up the pressure to ensure that the temporary provision of free school transport is extended to permanent provision.”