YOU have to know your way about the highways and byways when you start closing schools.
Moray Council's fraught efforts in this regard earned them the usual berating when its hapless officials and councillors went out and about. The general tenor of the two-way discussion was, as always, that the local authority was off its head at best and malevolent at worst.
But school closures are not just an educational matter. "The strong winds in our area cause extra havoc in winter by blowing lying snow across the roads as quickly as they're cleared," parents of Edinvillie primary responded. Not only that, the bus carrying the kids to their new school at Aberlour will use the junction with the A95 Aberlour-Grantown road where there is "a serious accident waiting to happen," according to the parents.
Impressively in command of the detail, the council replied: "Between approximately 7 and 7.30 (morning and evening) the Moray Council gritters will travel from the A95 at Rinnachat following the C17H via Airngarrow and the primary school to Edinvillie and then return to the A95 at Kinermony using the C59H and the U103H Ruthrie road." Remember, you read it here first.