Ammanford students give views on charging for post-16 transport.
Students at Coleg Sir Gâr’s Ammanford campus have been giving their views as part of a consultation exercise on charging for post 16 transport.
The council’s transport section has been holding drop-in sessions at schools and college campuses throughout the county.
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.
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. All partners involved have tried to find a way of sustaining the service.
Those that can’t make the session at their school/college can attend one of the sessions at another location. There is also an online survey for people to complete and submit their views.
Executive Board Member for Transport Cllr Hazel Evans said: “Officers have spoken to a number of students as well as teaching staff and parents but we really want to hear from as many people as possible
“Although we are not required by law to provide the service it is important and we need to find a way to make sure the service still meets the needs of the customer but is affordable too.
“There is still time to have your say so please attend one of the remaining drop-in sessions or fill in the survey online.”
To fill in the survey online go to ilocal.carmarthenshire.gov.wales and click on consultations before November 3.
Remaining drop-in sessions:
• 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 22, 3.45-6pm
• Pibwrlwyd, Coleg Sir Gâr, October 19, 12-2pm
• Jobs Well, Coleg Sir Gâr, October 20, 12-2pm
• Dyffryn Teifi, November 3, 3.30-6pm