When the Discover Learning Trust (DLT) informed parents that from September they were to withdraw funding for buses to and from Oxclose Community Academy, George Washington Primary School and Springwell Village Primary School, Cllr Jimmy Warne saw the effect this would have on many families in his Washington West ward and straight away got to work for his residents.
He asked affected parents to contact him with their concerns and in a meeting with the Chief Executive Officer and chair of trustees agreed that an alternative solution would be needed so that children could still get to school safely.
Cllr Graeme Miller
A newly elected Councillor following the local elections on the 6th of May, Jimmy was determined to support the residents of his ward. Discussions with the Leader of Sunderland City Council, Cllr Graeme Miller and Deputy Leader, Cllr Claire Rowntree came next with Claire proving a major support as the lead member for transport across the city.
Cllr Louise Farthing, Cabinet Member for Children, Learning and Skills provided further expertise and Cllr Linda Williams contributed knowledge and experience to the negotiations that ultimately led to an agreement with Nexus that would see a bus service provided as of September.
Cllr Claire Rowntree
In the Labour Party we are advocates of social justice, fairness and working together for the benefit of all. This was a real team effort from Councillors Jimmy, Graeme, Claire, Louise and Linda but an effort that shows the reason we vote for Labour Councillors, not just because we care but because we get the job done.
Cllr Linda Williams
Our council is changing for the better, our city is changing for the better and together we can unlock the potential of the place we live to make it a magnet city, a city that draws people in as a great place to live, work and play. That journey is just beginning but if we work together we can make it a home to be proud of.
We look forward with optimism and hope you do to.