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11:08am 5th November 2014
(Updated 11:08am 5th November 2014)

Some Cornish school children could be forced to walk miles to get to school.

Cornwall Council is thinking about scrapping some transport funding as it tries to make cut backs.

300 children could be affected - and some are as young as eight.

At the moment primary pupils are offered funding if they live more than two miles from class. Later the council will debate whether bus and taxi fares should only be paid for those living three miles away.

It is on routes like Porthtowan to Mount Hawke Academy and Minorca Lane to Bugle School.

But there are concerns it would not be safe and would cause more traffic and congestion outside schools.

Dad David Clilverd has kids at Mount Hawke. He said: "I think its a bad thing, all the parents from Porthtowan and the surrounding areas will have to walk or drive, which will make the village more congested, it creates a problem for people who live outside the village.

"It would probably be better to cut back elsewhere than on something kids have to miss out on, parents will have to drive their kids to school and if you are working its going to make it difficult for families.

"It is a good half an hour walk and you would have to go the road way, especially if its raining, and the roads around here aren't exactly pedestrian friendly."

Opponents say it could lead to young children on round trips of up to six miles a day on narrow country roads.

Joyce Duffin from the council insists that low income familes and those on dangerous routes would still get help: "It's difficult when you've given something, I think, that you're now taking back. People do feel hard done by - but it is the parents' duty to get their children to school.

"Let's be having these conversations now - let's be saying to schools, 'This is going to happen in the future. How many children do you think that will impact and what are you going to do about it?'"

Officials have recommended the plans go through. A final decision is still to be made.

11:08am 5th November 2014

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