BBC Radio Leeds interviews parents on school bus row

Updated 4 May – interview to be broadcast Friday 6-9am


30 April

BBC Radio Leeds were in the village yesterday to interview Chairman of the Parish Council Andrew Batty and three parents about the continuing school bus fare issue.

Parents of children who had no school within three miles were entitled to free school bus travel for their child to reach the nearest senior school. Education Leeds website identified this as Boston Spa School and parents had received letters stating Boston Spa was the nearest school and chose the school for this reason. A year ago, parents are furious to receive letters stating that a new mapping system (to which the public has no access) had identified Wetherby School, and not Boston Spa as being the nearest school and therefore free school travel to Boston Spa was no longer available and they should pay £9.50 per week per child.

East Keswick Parish Council arranged a public meeting last August which was packed with objecting parents from the village and from Bardsey.

BBC Radio Leeds has caught up with the story and interviewed parents Hayley Dodsworth, Suzi Port and Pete Slater as well as Andrew Batty on Friday. You can hear that interview on the BBC Radio Leeds Breakfast Programme on Thursday 5th May at 7.40am

Last month Andrew Batty led a deputation to the Civic Hall and addressed the full Leeds City Council meeting on villager concerns. Councillors voted unanimously for their Executive Board to reexamine the issue.