Listening to what the public says

07/04/11. John Devlin. FALKIRK. Park Hotel. Rotary Community Achievement Award to Ian Scott. Ian Scott with wife Irene and Colin Hume and Bill Laurie (Preident Falkirk Rotary)
07/04/11. John Devlin. FALKIRK. Park Hotel. Rotary Community Achievement Award to Ian Scott. Ian Scott with wife Irene and Colin Hume and Bill Laurie (Preident Falkirk Rotary)

We often complain that our public bodies – whether it be government, councils or health boards – don’t listen to what the public are saying.

So, after the negative headlines surrounding the withdrawal of funding to a local nursery in recent weeks, we should now give credit to West Lothian Council for reversing its decision and also entering into a new contract with another provider.

On the face of it, there were sound reasons for the original move.

There was space in council-run nurseries and, as cost-cutting bites, some sacrifices have to be made.

But such moves don’t just impact on the balance sheets, they also affect real people.

The council hasn’t given a reason for the u-turn but let’s hope it was simply a case of listening to what people said and acting accordingly.

Colin Hume, editor