Proposed free school bus cuts defended by councillor

Parents are worried about pupils crossing the A92

Parents of pupils at Auchmuty High School are being reassured that safety is being taken into consideration, as Fife Council consider plans to scrap some free school buses.

They are looking into removing services for children they say live within walking distance of the school.

The council provide free bus transport for primary pupils living more than a mile away from their school and for secondary pupils who are more than two miles away.

The plans, which are being consulted on until 14th December, affect kids living in Coaltown of Balgonie, Finglassie and Markinch.

A number of parents have expressed concerns about their children walking through industrial estates and being forced to cross the A92 to get to school.

The consultation documents also presume that 'all children walking the route will be accompanied by their parent/carer or another responsible adult'.

Fay Sinclair is the convener of Fife's Education and Childrens' Services Committee:

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