Councillor Peter Morson has taken the fight to save the Warton school bus service to Warwickshire County Council. At the County Council meeting on the 17th May, Cllr Morson, supported by the Labour group asked that the Council re consider their decision to charge families in Warton for their local school bus service. Warton is a very rural area and families are saying they can’t afford these charges, but the Conservative and Liberal Democrat Councillors disagreed and instead believe our young people can walk this route accompanied by an adult.
The route from Warton to the school would be over 5 miles a day (25 miles a week) and for any adult who accompanies the children they would be walking double this. The route has no lighting, no crossings over the junctions and is an area that regularly floods.
Children from 11 to 16 have been writing to their local newspaper with their concerns, they have walked the route and they say it is exhausting, especially when carrying books, PE kits and cookery items. Children are also worried about the effect this will have on their work and exams, with the route adding another 2 to 2.5 hours to their day.
The families have had meetings to appeal to their local councillors and their M.P to have this decision over turned. Councillor Morson has said
“This is the only area out of approximately 160 areas in Warwickshire that is being charged so far, I do not understand why they decided that such a dangerous and long route is suitable for young children to walk. The route will be harder to walk when the winter starts with the dark nights, wind, rain, ice, snow and fog making it even more dangerous.
It seems 29 Conservatives and Liberal Democrat Councillors think this is acceptable, while Labour supports local residents and is on their side.”