Plans by Warwickshire County Council to charge parents up to £750 per year for a school bus service in Warton have been condemned by Labour Councillor Pete Morson.
The service from Warton to The Polesworth School is currently free of charge because the route has been classed as unsafe for students to walk. Now the County Council is planning to change its assessment and introduce an increased charge of £375 if pupils live within three miles of the school and £750 if they live over three miles away.
Cllr Morson said: "I am absolutely appalled by this, it is putting children in danger. The walk from Warton to Polesworth School is not a realistic one for 11-year-olds – to expect them to climb up Fairfields Hill in the rain and the snow with huge bags on their backs – it's ridiculous.
"There is no street lighting on the route through Warton and it is national speed limit. The council talks about the route being safe for 'accompanied children' – who's going to accompany them? I'm disgusted with this, it's not on and I am determined that this will not go ahead."