Surrey

Pupil fears over axed Deepcut school bus

Children at a Surrey primary school could face more than an hour's walk to school when their bus is withdrawn.

About 65 youngsters, many from military families, currently use the service from Deepcut to Grove Primary School in Frimley, but it will end on 22 June.

Conservative-led Surrey County Council said it had provided the bus for pupils who used to go to Blackdown Primary School, Deepcut, which closed in 2004.

Parents are urging the council to reconsider its decision.

Conservative county councillor for Mytchett and Deepcut Paul Deach is against the plan.

He told the BBC: "Politics doesn't come into it. What's right is right and what's wrong is wrong - and this decision is wrong.

'Same rules'

"The vast majority of these children come from military families. They have a lot to deal with. A lot of the partners of the parents who have to walk these kids to school are serving abroad.

"Having to make them walk an hour and 10 minutes to school - and that's just the children - the parents will have to make that journey four times a day.

"A lot of them do not have access to cars."

Peter Wilkinson, the council's acting assistant director for schools and learning, said: "We put in a special arrangement for seven years when we closed Blackdown Primary School and we always made it clear that it would be provided for the children who were displaced from Blackdown Primary School.

"Now it is more than seven years since that school closed, there are now no displaced children from that school, so the same rules apply here as in the rest of Surrey."

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