Parents’ fight for yellow bus to school

Show of strength: parents join forces to try secure a yellow bus from the council
Show of strength: parents join forces to try secure a yellow bus from the council

PARENTS and their children are mounting a campaign to have a yellow bus to take them to their new school this September.

A campaign group was set up by families in Wainstalls, Mount Tabor and the Pellon area of Halifax after Calderdale Council knocked back their request for a school bus.

The 41 children will start at Calder Valley High School in September.

Unless the council decides otherwise, the pupils will be forced to make two bus journeys – the first into the town centre and then a second to the school in Mytholmroyd. Campaigners chairwoman Helen Bramley said: “The council are saying we can’t have one, but they provide one from Mytholmroyd and Luddenden, which are so close.”

The parents are doubly angry as many put the school as their third choice.

“Some live outside the catchment area but they have been given places as third choice,” said Mrs Bramley.

They have taken their request to councillors, council officials and the head of children and young people’s services, Janet Donaldson.

The “My Bus” yellow buses, operated by Metro, take children to 133 schools across West Yorkshire.

Calderdale Council said: “We have been approached by parents and understand the position they are in.

“We are looking at a possible solution and have been speaking to Metro.

“We are also aware there are pupils at other schools who are in similar situations. We need to work within the resources available.”