Lincolnshire County Council to review school transport
Members of the Glenside School Transport Campaign.
Campaigners have been fighting for a review of Lincolnshire County Council’s policy for several months.
Members of the Glenside School Transport Campaign argue that in some areas, such as Castle Bytham, Little Bytham and Creeton, the free transport provided to secondary schools is not as comprehensive as in other areas of the county.
This is in part because certain towns and villages do not fall within “designated transport areas” for grammar schools. This means children in Little Bytham get free transport to Stamford Welland Academy but not to Bourne Grammar School.
Another issue specific to the area around the Bythams is the distance to schools. Both Stamford and Bourne are about nine miles away from these villages, but children living there only get free transport to Stamford, even if they apply to go to Bourne Academy.
As a result of the campaign Lincolnshire County Council’s executive member for children’s services Patricia Bradwell asked members of the children and young people scrutiny committee to consider a review of the policy on Friday last week.
The committee will now decide whether a review will take place and what its scope should be.
Speaking on Wednesday, Coun Bradwell (Con) said: “Scrutiny agreed to take the review forward.
“The committee now has to scope out what they should look at. This will be done very quickly after the bank holiday. It should come back to the June committee meeting.
“We just need to scope out what we need to look at, then move forward quite quickly.”
Campaigner Jane King lives in Creeton and has a son at Bourne Academy and a daughter at Bourne Grammar. She was keen to see what form the review would take, but sceptical over its scope.
“I still feel like the children that go to comprehensives are not really being considered. I will be really interested to see what comes out of the review.”
The Glenside campaigners have joined forces with people in a similar situation in Claypole, near Newark. Between them the group set up a petition calling for a review.
The petition now has more than 2,000 signatures. As a result the campaigners will be able to put their case to a scrutiny committee meeting.