We’ve been denied the right to protest

Sue Patterson addresses protestors against post-16 transport charges outside the Duchess's High School in Alnwick. Picture Jane Coltman
Sue Patterson addresses protestors against post-16 transport charges outside the Duchess's High School in Alnwick. Picture Jane Coltman

Any parents of children in Northumberland in school Years 11, 10, nine and even younger (as this will affect you at some point), I am sure you are all aware of Northumberland County Council’s (NCC) decision to scrap free home-to-school transport for teens, 16-plus.

Bear in mind the Government has now raised the compulsory school age up to 17 this year and 18 next year.

If your child is attending their nearest sixth-form school using a bus, they will be expected to pay £600 per year (unless your children qualify for free school meals or you are in receipt of benefits).

If you live where there is a public transport route, your child will be expected to pay full fare (Teen Cards cannot be used at peak times) – this will be considerably more than £600 per year.

We, Parents Against Decision to Scrap the Post-16 School Transport, strongly disagree with the council’s decision and are trying to have the matter brought back for debate with a view to the decision being overturned.

However, NCC cancelled a scheduled meeting two weeks prior to the deadline whereby we, as parents and objectors, could submit questions, denying us of our right to protest.

We believe the decision they have made is wrong, for various fundamental reasons which are outlined in a complaint we have put to the monitoring officer.

We ask, if this matter at all concerns you, please join our group on Facebook, please do read up on all the points and comments and please email Colin Logan,monitoring officer, with a complaint, you will see the link on the page. We need your support.

Nadine Mallaburn,

Parents Against Decision to Scrap the Post-16 School Transport