Stu­dents do not need Freedom Pass

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - New Arrivals -

I have a bone or two to pick with coun­cil­lor Paul Carter and his views on the Kent Freedom Pass bus ticket, which give those up to the age of 16 ac­cess to buses across Kent – al­though I won’t be look­ing for a back­bone. As noted in your re­port (July 18), the Freedom Pass, which costs £100 a year for up to 16s, rises to £520 a year past 16.

Much akin to eat-all-you-like buf­fets, the freedom pass is pitched in the knowl­edge that most of those who use them have a fi­nite ca­pac­ity for con­sump­tion.

The bus com­pa­nies know full well that the aver­age user has a small num­ber of reg­u­lar rides, in most cases to and from school, that the cus­tomer will utilise. The no­tion that you also get freedom across the length and breadth of Kent is of­fered in the as­sured knowl­edge that the op­tion will only be oc­ca­sion­ally – if ever – used. How many of you would al­low your young­ster to roam across the county at will and how many of them want to?

What is needed is a rea­son­ably priced point to point ticket that al­lows a stu­dent to get from their home to their place of study and back again, week­days only. I can’t be­lieve that’s be­yond the wit of the bus com­pa­nies or Paul Carter. Or then again per­haps I can. Don Arthurs Royds Road, Willes­bor­ough held a lo­cal referendum paid for pri­vately, which pro­duced a mas­sive ma­jor­ity against the pro­pos­als and still we were com­pletely ig­nored.

Yes, I am bit­ter. When the govern­ment of the day says it is lis­ten­ing to the com­mu­nity and lo­cal­ism is work­ing, it is very frus­trat­ing when our elected rep­re­sen­ta­tives just ride roughshod over pub­lic opin­ion. Peter Wil­liamson Chilm­ing­ton Green

Jenny Webb’s pic­ture of bags of rub­bish dumped days be­fore the next refuse col­lec­tion

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