Pupils left behind by bus

SIR, - The first day at secondary school can be a mixture of trepidation and excitement for any young person.

However, I was very concerned to hear through an S1 parent I met in Haddington and via many unhappy parental e mails about the events leading to a number of East Linton pupils being late for the start of term at Dunbar Grammar School through being left behind by the First Bus service.

The situation culminated in 28 pupils being left behind at the school on August 22. Pupils, parents, the school and school council, councillors and council staff were left very unhappy at the service provided by First Bus who had been paid for student passes by East Lothian Council.

I’d like to thank Andrew McLellan at East Lothian Council for helping those pupils left behind by picking them up by minibus on the early days and the hard work by himself and school staff to try and improve the service from First Bus who have now put on duplicate buses.

I had much correspondence with First Bus, parents, council staff, the school and school council, Dunpender Community Council and RELBUS as the situation developed and have arranged a meeting with First Bus Managing Director Paul Thomas and other members of his team to discuss this and other issues about First Bus services on September 6.

COUNCILLOR JACQUIE BELL,

Dunbar and East Linton Ward.