Highlands & Islands

Delay mooted for new Western Isles school travel rules

Western Isles council could delay introducing its new school transport policy until after the October break.

Changes to the distance at which pupils are entitled to free travel have been scheduled to take effect from 3 September.

Two senior councillors have asked that the start date be pushed back to allow parents more time to make alternative travel arrangements.

Some parents have been preparing to protest against the new policy.

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar's education committee meeting on 28 August will be asked to agree to the delay.

The committee's chairman Catriona Stewart and Angus Campbell, leader of the comhairle, have sought the deferral.

In a joint statement, the councillors said they supported the new policy but added that parents should be given more time to make new arrangements.

The comhairle said letters would be sent to all affected parents updating them on the situation.

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