Bal­ance called for school trans­port

Bray People - - Council Report -

THE SAME ra­dius for pub­lic school trans­port should be ap­plied for both pri­mary and secondary stu­dents, ac­cord­ing to a Wick­low County Coun­cil­lor.

Cllr. Conal Ka­vanagh out­lined to fel­low mem­bers the dif­fi­culty en­coun­tered by par­ents and their chil­dren when the stu­dent moves to sec­ond level ed­u­ca­tion as they are not privy to the same catch­ment dis­tance for a sub­sidised trans­port sys­tem.

’We have a sit­u­a­tion where we have a 12-year-old stu­dent who qual­i­fies for a free na­tional school bus seat but then when they move to sec­ond level the ra­dius is re­duced from four to three kilo­me­tres, they have to ap­ply and wait three weeks to see if they are ac­cepted.

‘ This is a ter­ri­ble waste of time. The same ra­dius should ap­ply to all.’

Cllr. Ka­vanagh added that at this time of year par­ents al­ready have plenty of ex­pense and this ap­pli­ca­tion sys­tem was an un­nec­es­sary waste of time.

It was agreed that a Wick­low County Coun­cil will write to Min­is­ter of State Sean Haughey and seek that the reg­u­la­tion is changed.

Cllr Ka­vanagh has called for school trans­port bal­ance.

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