Bus petition goes to the council

NMAC11-1283-1''Ashfield MP Gloris De Piero meet angry Huthwaite parents and Grandparents at Sutton Library on Monday to receive a petition against council cuts which would stop the bus service to and from Ashfield School from the village.

NMAC11-1283-1''Ashfield MP Gloris De Piero meet angry Huthwaite parents and Grandparents at Sutton Library on Monday to receive a petition against council cuts which would stop the bus service to and from Ashfield School from the village.

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ASHFIELD MP Gloria de Piero, left, joins a group of angry parents, including Nottinghamshire County Councillor Fiona Asbury, third left, outside Sutton Library last week as they prepare to present a 1,000 signature petition to Nottinghamshire County Council.

Mum Heather Huxley distributed the petition after it was announced that a subsidised bus service from Huthwaite to Ashfield School in Kirkby was being axed.

Parents say the move will mean youngsters will have to walk 2.7 miles and cross the busy A38.

They are also concerned that even if the school manages to put on its own subsidised bus, it will be more expensive than the existing council-run one.

Ms de Piero has written to the Secretary of State for Transport Phillip Hammond MP and has raised it at Prime Minister’s Question Time. She says: “It doesn’t make any sense for the government to be making it harder for kids to go to school and it is just not fair on parents who are already having a tough time at home.”