We’ll keep our children away on polling day

Some parents have said they plan to keep their children at home on polling day because of safety concerns.
Some parents have said they plan to keep their children at home on polling day because of safety concerns.

Parents in Glenrothes are vowing to keep their children at home on election day next month because of fears over safety.

Fife Council plan to keep around 30 primary schools across the region, including seven in Glenrothes, open for lessons as normal, while simultaneously allowing them to be used as polling places for the general election on May 7.

If this is to go ahead ... our children will not be attending

Bob McKay

The move has sparked anger among some parents who say the move has raised concerns over pupil safety as there will be no restrictions place on voters with criminal backgrounds gaining access to the school to vote.

An online petition has already received nearly 300 signatures calling for the Council to overturn the decision, and for a full consultation to be carried out to allow parents to have a say.

Bob McKay the Glenrothes parent who set up the petition has even written to Shelagh McLean directorate resources manager demanding answers.

He said: “Considering the short space of time since our country remembered the loss of children at Dunblane how can Fife Council possibly make this decision?

“Even worse without even consulting with parents?

“The security at schools all over Scotland was increased with good reason.”

He added: “Myself and many others have agreed that if this is to go ahead as Fife Council have planned then our children will not be attending on this day.”

Linda Bissett, the Council’s head of democratic services has defended the move and highlighted the success of the dual system that was put in place in Glenrothes and Kirkcaldy for the recent by-elections.

No hot food on polling day as pupils are served a packed lunch instead

Seven primary schools across the Glenrothes area are among the 33 in Fife that will have dual use on May 7 as voters go to the polls as part of the General Election.

They are: Rimbleton, Newcastle, South Parks, Southwood, Leslie, Collydean and Warout primary schools.

While the safety of children is the main issue, parents are also unhappy over plans to scrap early morning breakfast clubs on polling day as well as not have any provision for hot food to be served.

It is understood pupils will instead receive a packed lunch that they w ill then consume in their classrooms.