Cornwall school transport faces £140,000 savings cut

Up to 300 children in Cornwall could face a long walk to school if plans to cut transport funding go ahead.

Primary school pupils aged eight and above currently get funding for transport if they live more than two miles (3.2km) from school.

Under new council plans, taxi and bus fares would only be paid for children more than three miles (4.8km) away.

Councillors heard the changes would affect up to 300 children and save Cornwall Council up to £140,000 a year.

'Knock-on effect'

Some councillors at the children and young people portfolio advisory committee expressed concern over the impact of withdrawing the funding.

Pat Rogerson, Liberal Democrat councillor for Bodmin St Leonard, said: "We are looking at almost six miles of walking on a return journey and personally I think that's too much for an eight-year-old."

Joyce Duffin, Liberal Democrat chairwoman of the committee, said: "My worry is the knock-on effect it's going to have on parking and traffic at schools."

Council members were told the payment currently offered was discretionary and that neighbouring counties did not offer the same deal.

Councillors voted four to three in favour of stopping the payment in a phased approach from 2016.

A final decision will be taken by the cabinet of the Liberal Democrat and Independent-led unitary authority.

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