Pupils face walk along danger road
CHANGES in the way school children in Acharacle are picked up and dropped- off has sparked anger among parents this week.
The Lochaber Times has learned that parents of children at Acharacle Primary School were informed two days before the end of term that their children, who are currently collected from their homes, will now be forced to walk along a dangerous single track road to be picked up.
At present children in Arivegaig, Ardtoe, Newton, and Kentra receive free transport from home to school.
Residents contacted Fort William and Ardnamurchan councillor Andrew Baxter about the changes after receiving a note from the current transport operator.
Mr Baxter contacted the council to say: ‘ Other than being appalled by the apparent lack of consultation and communication with parents on this matter, I have serious concerns about the risk to safety following these changes.’ He added: ‘During winter months we will expect children to walk along a dark, unlit and dangerous road. This is unacceptable. I would urge a reconsideration of this change.’
A Highland Council spokesperson said: ‘The school transport policy does not commit the council to doorto- door transport. There are many cases where pupils will be expected to make their own way to a pick-up-point.’
The council added this is an application of school transport policy which does not require consultation and it is ‘normal practice’ to ask contractors to communicate with pupils on their transport list.