Showdown looms at meeting over Aberdeen school’s free bus travel controversy

The new Lochside Academy

Parents are gearing up to attend a key meeting about whether some school pupils should receive bus passes but not others.

Lochside Academy is due to open to the south of the city next August and Aberdeen City Council’s education and children’s services committee is due to decide on Thursday which students will get free travel to and from class.

The meeting, in the Council Chamber at the Town House, was due to start at 2pm but has now been switched to 1pm.

The committee will consider a report which recommends giving free travel to children from Torry and Kincorth, but not those from Cove.

Several parents have told the Evening Express they intend to speak at the meeting and that dozens more could attend. Charleston Parent Council chairwoman Julie Rose said: “I will be attending and I think other parents will too.”

Lesley-Anne Yeats, of Walker Road Parent Council, has already requested permission to address the committee.