Why Clelland Sneddon is the real #neverseconds Baddy – HE is the guy sacking dinner ladies

The trurth will out as to why Argyll and Bute’s Executive Director of Community Services has been so notoriously snarky attacking the nine year old girl who had the temerity to post pictures of her school dinners on her website.

Clelland Sneddon, who has worked and had left no less than six other authorities has been promoting closure of 26 small local schools in Argyll and Bute despite Scottish law stating that this can be done SOLELY for educational reason.  Naturally this has promoted a major campaign by locals and intervention of the Scottish Education minister who has asked for a moratorium.

No doubt the endless complaints of him misrepresenting the evidence and misleading councillors has made him a very snarky man indeed.

Is this the worst Local Council Press Release ever Issued?

Not a word of it ever addresses the issue, which is about the press misrepresentation of the wonderful NeverSeconds blog which in recent weeks has actually praised the improvement in the school food.  BTW the interview the press officer gave on R5l was 100 x worse.

Argyll and Bute

Argyll and Bute Council wholly refutes the unwarranted attacks on its schools catering service which culminated in national press headlines which have led catering staff to fear for their jobs. The Council has directly avoided any criticism of anyone involved in the ‘never seconds’ blog for obvious reasons despite a strongly held view that the information presented in it misrepresented the options and choices available to pupils however this escalation means we had to act to protect staff from the distress and harm it was causing. In particular, the photographic images uploaded appear to only represent a fraction of the choices available to pupils, so a decision has been made by the council to stop photos being taken in the school canteen.

There have been discussions between senior council staff and Martha’s father however, despite an acknowledgement that the media coverage has produced these unwarranted attacks, he intimated that he would continue with the blog.

The council has had no complaints for the last two years about the quality of school meals other than one from the Payne family received on 6 June and there have been no changes to the service on offer since the introduction of the blog.

Pupils have a daily choice of two meals from a menu which is designed with pupils, parents and teachers. Our summer menu is about to be launched and includes main course choices like meat or vegetarian lasagne served with carrots and garlic bread or chicken pie with puff pastry, mashed potato and mixed vegetables.

Pupils can choose from at least two meals every day. They pay £2 for two courses and this could be a starter and a main or a main and a desert. Each meal comes with milk or water. Pupils can have as much salad and bread as they want. Salad, vegetables, fruit, yoghurt and cheese options are available every day. These are standing options and are not a result of any changes in response to the blog site.

As part of the curriculum for excellence, pupils in all our schools are regularly taught about healthy eating and at lunch breaks staff encourage pupils to make good choices from what is on offer. We use a system called ‘Nutmeg’ to make sure everything is nutritionally balanced. Our staff also get nutrition awareness training so they know how to provide a good healthy meal. There is portion sized guidance which we adhere to and it is matched to the age of the child so they get the right amount of food. Second portions would mean too many calories for pupils.

In Lochgilphead Primary School we are piloting a new pre-ordering scheme which is designed to encourage class discussion around meal choices and also improves the accuracy of meal choices. The pupils use a touch screen to select their lunch option and the data is downloaded in the kitchen so they know how many portions of each meal are required. As they place their order, the pupils are given a coloured band which relates to their meal choice that day. They wear it during the morning, and at lunchtime they hand it to the catering assistant, who will give them the corresponding meal.

The council’s focus is now on supporting the school in the education of young people in Argyll and Bute.

Planning – PINS report rise in post NPPF submissions – but how many will get through?

Planning Resource

In an interview with Planning, Mark Southgate, director of casework and plans at PINS, said the inspectorate received five plans in both March and April, but received 11 in May and expects nine this month.

“There are signs that councils are taking the message of the NPPF, which is very clear: you need an up-to-date plan in place,” he said.

But how many will get through without significant amendment of housing/DTC issues – all but one at examination at the moment will either require withdrawl or major modification to deal with housing underprovision issues?

Transport Planner Needed – Any Freelancers Free?

Will be off to India next week working on some megaprojects, but we are lacking a member of the team

This opportunity is urgent.  Required to travel to Dehli on set days – all travel, accommodation etc. paid for, excellent package at generous international rates.   Please reply as below if interested and available.

Position: Transport Economist

Essential Responsibilities: Responsible for Preparation of base year and horizon year econometric database as well as assessment of economic viability by means of Economic Internal Rate of Return (EIRR) for Indian HSR pre-feasibility project

Educational Qualification: Masters/ Bachelor in Economics

Minimum Experience: 15 Years

Minimum Nature of experience: Should have worked as Chief Transport Economist on at least three completed assignments comprising Feasibility Reports or Detailed Project Reports for rail or road infrastructure projects, out of which at least one should be for a railway project. (Total 3 assignments).

Minimum Man Working days: 40 working days offsite in India.

The schedule for Transport Economist is as below:

15th July to 28th July

19th Aug to 31st Aug

14th Oct to 27th Oct

19th Nov to 1st Dec

Please send me the CVs and contact details asap. highlighting rail experience.

Very well paid expat package.  Need is urgent

Please email me andrew.lainton@btopenworld.com