Silsden mayor Councillor Chris Atkinson has met with young residents who face losing their school bus.

He went to a bus stop to talk to students who travel daily from the town to attend Skipton Girls High and Ermysted’s schools.

The youngsters’ parents were shocked to discover this month that a dedicated student bus travelling between Silsden and Skipton will be scrapped in September.

The bus is among several currently subsidised by North Yorkshire County Council, which are due to lose funding as part of a £2 million budget saving.

The council announced the cuts last autumn, but Silsden parents and councillors claim they were not consulted.

Coun Atkinson said: “Parents didn’t know anything about the cuts. Now children will have to go to Steeton or Adding-ham to get a service bus to Skipton.”