Views needed on 'post-16' transport for Carmarthenshire pupils


Drop-in sessions are being held at schools and colleges in Carmarthenshire as part of an extensive consultation exercise on post 16 transport.
The council currently provides free school/college transport to approximately 3,000 young people aged between 16 and 19 in the county.
However, with a potential reduction in budget of almost £40 million over the next three years the council has no choice but to reduce spending on discretionary services (the things it is not required to do by law) such as post 16 transport.
Pupils, teachers and parents from all county secondary schools and staff and students from the five main college campuses are being asked for their views.
Please complete the survey online or go along to a number of our drop-in sessions to speak to officers directly.
If you cannot make the session at your school/college you are welcome to attend one of the sessions at another location.
Executive Board Member for Transport Cllr Hazel Evans said: “Unfortunately post 16 transport is a discretionary service which means that we are not required to provide it by law unlike other services such as bin collections and highways maintenance.
“However, we understand the importance of the service and we are exploring ways in which we can continue to provide it at a reasonable charge.
“We need to find a way to make sure the service meets the needs of the customer whilst ensuring it is affordable.
"We want to get people's views on charging and this is why we are consulting to help us reach a decision."
Go to ilocal.carmarthenshire.gov.wales to fill in the survey online.
The drop-in sessions are being held at the following schools/colleges on the following dates/times:

Schools:
Bryngwyn, September 29, 3-5.30pm
Strade, September 30, 3.15-6pm
St John Lloyd, October 5, 3.30-6pm
Glanymor, October 6, 3-6pm
Dyffryn Teifi, October 7, 3.30-6pm
Gyfun Emlyn, October 8, 4-6.30pm
Bro Pedr, October 13, 3.30-6pm
Bro Dinefwr, October 14, 4-7pm
Dyffryn Amman, October 15, 2.30-6pm
Dyffryn Taf, October 19, 3.30 -6pm
Maes Y Gwendraeth, October 20, 3.30-6pm
Coedcae, October 21, 3-6pm
Bro Myrddin, October 21, 3.45-6pm

Coleg Sir Gar:
Gelli Aur, October 6, 12-2pm
Ammanford / Rhydaman, October 7, 12-2pm
Llanelli, October 12, 12-2pm
Pibwrlwyd, October 19, 12-2pm
Jobs Well, October 20, 12-2pm

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