CHILDREN are “bearing the brunt” of Highland Council’s upcoming budget cuts, according to leading politicians.
The local authority is considering closing up to two thirds of its play parks in its bid to plug a £26 million budget gap.
This comes on top of proposals to cut secondary school teachers, pupil support assistants, additional support needs teachers and lollipop men and women, leaked papers have revealed.
Council budget leaders have claimed the parks to be closed are in a state of disrepair and maintenance has become too expensive.
But the opposition SNP group in the council have said play facilities should be protected, not removed.
The plans will be finalised at the council’s budget meeting on February 15.