School transport to be reviewed

A review is to be carried out into school transport and grace and favour places.

The leader of Dumfries and Galloway Council, Ivor Hyslop, announced the administration will lead the review ahead of a report on the subject to be heard at the council’s Education Committee in January.

Councillor Hyslop said: “I have today asked the chairwoman of the Education Committee, Gail MacGregor, to set in train a review of the council’s school transport policy.

“The purpose of the review will be to assess the practical impact of recent changes to the way in which routes are measured, assess possible anomalies and problems with our existing policy, and provide costed options for amending the policy in time for political groups to consider whether they wish to include any changes in their proposals for next year’s budget.”

Councillor MacGregor added: “I discussed the issue of statutory school transport and grace and favour places with the director of education, Colin Grant. The review we have agreed will be detailed and thorough and will be reported to the council’s Education Committee in January and, if necessary, the full council thereafter.

“The public will know only too well the financial challenges this council faces, as well as the pressures that fuel inflation and running costs place on all forms of rural transport.

“However, we also recognise the concerns that many people have over the existing policy and we are determined to examine all of the options open to us.”