Bishop’s Waltham parent fighting Hampshire County Council over school transport needs – Hampshire Chronicle

Free transport is normally provided for children over eight attending their catchment school, or nearer school, when the distance is more than three miles.

But a review of walking routes to Swanmore College found there was an alternative route from Bishop#8217;s Waltham to the college that met safety criteria and was within the three mile limit.

But councillors are set to hear a confidential plea from the parent for the council to continue providing the service.

The second school transport appeal will be considered by Hampshire County Council#8217;s regulatory sub-committee on January 25.

An investigation by Hampshire County Council found a 2.87 mile route from Hermitage Close to the college on New Road to be safe.

As a result, parents of 21 students received a letter in July last year saying their free transport would be withdrawn at the end of the term in December.

The parent#8217;s application for free transport in September was refused, as was an appeal in November.

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