Local Labour Councillors Pete Morson and Dave Parsons have claimed ‘victory’ over plans by Conservative led Warwickshire County Council to charge parents hundreds of pounds for their children to get to school using the currently free of charge bus service.
The County Council had classified the partiuclar route from Warton to Polesworth School as ‘safe’ to walk. Parents and local Councillors disagreed and a local campaign was launched.
Local County Councillor Pete Morson said back in April;
“The plan to charge people is frankly absurd; it’s basically like a huge rise in council tax for hardworking parents.
I’ve called on the County Council to reverse their decision, it’s bad for Warton, it’s bad for our young people and it means that Warton is being let down by the County Council because of its rural location.”
Today the County Council have announced at the Communities Overview and Scrutiny Committee that they will be reviewing all 17 routes across the county that were seeing their classification changed from dangerous to safe.
Speaking after today’s meeting, Cllr Morson and Cllr Parsons said in a joint statement,
“This is good news for local parents and young people in Warton. This is the second time the County Council have been forced to admit they are making a mistake. It means the views and opinions of local parents and ourselves have been vindicated. The County Council are now going to take some time over many months, possibly a year, to review all the routes, to update policies and practices.
We will continue to fight for local parents and young people and oppose plans to bring in this charge in future.”