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Parents fear children at risk as bus is scrapped.

Byline: ERYL CRUMP

``Rural schools such as Ysgol Henblas are the very backbone of rural communities and the dedicated teachers at these schools need total support.The loss of any pupils from the school register could trigger the redundancy of a teacher because of the resulting cut in budget,''he added.

The council's executive committee has claimed the opening of the new A55 had removed the element of danger.

A spokesman said: ``The route is not considered dangerous for a primary school pupil to walk accompanied by an adult.This is the criteria for assessing if a home-to-school route is dangerous or not.

``It was decided not to subsidise the transport service from Rhostrehwfa as no such service is provided in other areas where there are similar circumstances. The authority still provides free transport for primary pupils who live 1.5 miles or more from school,even though the statutory distance is two miles for undereight-year olds and three miles for over-eights.

``A public bus service which operates from Llangristiolus to Llangefni, which is currently used by Ysgol Henb las pupils in the afternoon, will continue to operate at the same time,and will therefore still be available for pupils travelling home from the school to Rhostrehwfa and Llangefni.''

ANGRY parents have hit out at a North Wales council's plan to scrap a primary school bus service - which will save just pounds 570 a year.

They claim pupils as young as five will now be forced to walk along unlit roads without pavements.

The morning bus service, which provides transport for 15 pupils to Ysgol Henblas at Llangristiolus, will be withdrawn next month.

Parent Nicola Roberts, who has two sons aged six and nine at the school, said: ``Once the children have crossed the A5, they are then on a road without any pavement or lights which is certainly not safe for young people to walk on,particularly in winter months.

``The bus is the best way of tak-ing children to and from the school.''

North Wales Tory AM Peter Rogers will present Anglesey council with a 180name petition calling for a rethink on its controversial decision to axe funding for a school bus service from the Rhostrehwfa area,near Llangefni.

Mr Rogers fears the decision may lead to parents taking their children to other schools.

Handing the petition to council officers, Mr Rogers said senior officers and councillors had refused to accompany him on a walk from Rhostrehwfa,across the A5 and to the school, so they could appreciate the dangers faced by youngsters.

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