Students do not need Freedom Pass
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