Shock at unbending council
I AM shocked and more than a little disappointed to find how unbending Swansea Council is on the frightening plight of young Tomas James and his parents' fight to have him transported safely to and from school (Evening Post, September 6).
Is there any sensible reason why this 12-year-old could not walk the disputed 60 yards to the pick-up point?
Where does the duty of care begin and end for school children under the jurisdiction of the city's education department?
It claims in a somewhat blasé way: "It is important these guidelines are in place in order to effectively provide free home to school transport".
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If South Wales Police had indicated their concern, why does Swansea Council continue to exhibit such mean bloody mindedness?
My wife and self were so concerned we decided to walk this boy's school route to Ysgol Gyfun Bryntawe from his Mansel Road home in Bonymaen.
Now we don't pretend to be as agile as young Tomas, but pursuing this route took us through some very "iffy" areas which could so easily conceal someone of questionable intention.
Our journey took place on a bright sunny afternoon with excellent visibility but took us well over two hours to cover both directions.
We both shuddered at the prospect of covering this journey twice a day during the hours of darkness at either end of the day during the winter months.
We earnestly hope that any intervention by the children's minister will quickly resolve this ludicrously dangerous situation.
In the meantime, until common sense and decency prevails, we pray that the journeys of young Tomas James go unhindered and in safety.
R O Nicholls