A FURIOUS mother has blasted Kirklees Council which has refused to pay for her daughter's transport to school.
And she is horrified they insist the girl should walk a 2.7 mile route which includes a dangerous, remote and unlit track.
Angry mum Amanda Green applied to Kirklees Council for a bus pass for her daughter Charlotte when she started at Kirkburton Middle School in Huddersfield – the school closest to her home in Shepley.
Living more than three miles from the school – following routes by road – she assumed Charlotte would be eligible for free transport, which would save her family around £29 per month.
However, part-time careers adviser Amanda, 43, was told the council had measured the route and found it to be just 2.7 miles – inside the three-mile cut off point for free transport.
When she pointed out that the route Kirklees Council had measured involved using a lonely track, rather than walking on safe main road, she was told that was “due to the rural nature of Kirklees”.
The mother-of-two has pointed out the that the Government guidelines require walking routes to school to be safe, but her daughter has not been granted a pass.
“I am absolutely incensed. The route is a track running between uninhabited and unlit land. I absolutely challenge the local authority on the safety of this route.
“Kirklees must adhere to the Government guidelines. The route that they have given me – which they would expect my daughter to walk `accompanied as necessary' – takes in a bridle path which is unlit and surrounded by fields.”
Kirklees Council's school transport policy states that it usually provides free home to school transport “if the school is the one which Kirklees regards as serving the area in which the pupil lives, or is the nearest school, and the journey is over three miles’’.
A spokesperson for Kirklees Council said that the council's policy “follows guidelines set by the Government by only offering transport to pupils who live more than three miles from school’’
He added: “We adhere to all legal requirements and, in this case, the route has been measured precisely and falls short of three miles.
“Although part of the route does not use a Tarmac road, it is important to remember Kirklees has many rural areas. This means routes regularly include footpaths or tracks.
“All applicants for transport have the right of appeal if they are unsuccessful, but we have not received any appeals in this instance.”