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)
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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