VIDEO: Proposed school run

The updated Argyll & Bute proposal recognises that the ‘Hill Road’ route between Ulva Primary and Dervaig is regularly impassible during winter months – and suggests an alternate route via Burg and Ensay.

Not only is this a longer journey, but the condition of this road is equally poor – and it’s equally as remote as the ‘Hill Road’ with many miles of the journey lacking any mobile phone coverage.

Here’s a video we recorded this weekend, showing that it took us 53 minutes to drive this route, under ideal conditions, with good weather and minimal Saturday morning traffic.

Things to note:

  • Our 53 minute journey time included five child pickups, which took 4 minutes 25 seconds in total.
  • Our average pickup time was 53 seconds – which we think is very fast, especially when we had two little P1 children to strap in.
  • The stretch of road between Torloisk and Ensay was closed for several weeks last winter.
  • The proposal completely fails to take into account travel times of future children and families on the islands of Ulva and Gometra.
  • The Ulva Primary catchment area extends for a further 4.2 miles to the east – which would add an additional ten minutes to the journey time, should a child move to Kellan.


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2 responses to “VIDEO: Proposed school run

  1. ralphaverbuch

    Superb bit of video. Really impressed that you’re using all the tech tools to hand to get the message out there. Keep up the good work.

    I wrote a piece about your campaign on my own blog.



  2. Pingback: Response from Ulva Primary parent council | Save Ulva Primary School!

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