4 Comments

School transport costs are either borne by general Council Tax and partly by parents needing the service. As most home to school bus transport is to support access to rural schools you could argue urban taxpayers are subsidising rural h-s transport unless more of the bill is picked up by rural parents. These areas have been heavily Conservative voting so increasing charges could be an electoral shot in the foot for the relevant Tory Councillors.

Expand full comment
founding

Be something if all schools were equal so bussing children around was strictly a rural issue where distances make walking or cycling unrealistic.

Expand full comment

Wow. I grew up in Long Buckby and went on to secondary school at Guilsborough - as did everyone else I can think of with whom I attended Long Buckby Junior School. I can't think of anyone who even considered a different school. Five Geoff Amos buses came to the village morning and night to ferry the youth of to and from Guilsborough. I'm not even sure how anyone might've got to/from one of the Daventry schools other than by car.

What a ridiculous situation this could bring about! Unless the natural feed-in for Long Buckby became one of the Daventry schools - but could they cope with an additional 250ish pupils being pushed in their direction?

It doesn't feel like there's very much joined-up thinking going on here.

Expand full comment

Yet more kudos to NNJ for highlighting yet another shambolic situation and lack of policy oversight causing the usual Northants local government chaos.

Expand full comment