Agenda and minutes

Members Home to School Transport Appeals Panel
Thursday, 15th August, 2019 10.00 am

Venue: Democratic Services Committee Room, County Hall, Carmarthen, SA31 1JP. View directions

Contact: Llinos Jenkins  01267 224088

Items
No. Item

1.

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

Minutes:

There were no apologies for absence.

 

2.

DECLARATIONS OF PERSONAL INTEREST

Minutes:

There were no declarations of personal interest.

 

3.

MINUTES

3.1

17TH JULY, 2019 (2.00 P.M.) pdf icon PDF 293 KB

Minutes:

UNANIMOUSLY RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting held on the 17th July 2019 (2:00 p.m.) be signed as a correct record.

 

3.2

17TH JULY, 2019 (2.15 P.M.) pdf icon PDF 289 KB

Minutes:

UNANIMOUSLY RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting held on the 17th July 2019 (2:15 p.m.) be signed as a correct record.

 

3.3

17TH JULY, 2019 (2.30 P.M.) pdf icon PDF 289 KB

Minutes:

UNANIMOUSLY RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting held on the 17th July 2019 (2:30 p.m.) be signed as a correct record.

 

3.4

17TH JULY, 2019 (2.45 P.M.) pdf icon PDF 294 KB

Minutes:

UNANIMOUSLY RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting held on the 17th July 2019 (2:45 p.m.) be signed as a correct record.

 

3.5

17TH JULY, 2019 (3.00 P.M.) pdf icon PDF 203 KB

Minutes:

UNANIMOUSLY RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting held on the 17th July 2019 (3:00 p.m.) be signed as a correct record.

 

4.

EXCLUSION OF THE PUBLIC

THE REPORT RELATING TO THE FOLLOWING ITEM IS NOT FOR PUBLICATION AS IT CONTAINS  EXEMPT INFORMATION AS DEFINED IN PARAGRAPH 12 OF PART 4 OF SCHEDULE 12A TO THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT ACT, 1972 AS AMENDED BY THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT (ACCESS TO INFORMATION) (VARIATION) (WALES) ORDER 2007. IF FOLLOWING THE APPLICATION OF THE PUBLIC INTEREST TEST THE PANEL RESOLVES PURSUANT TO THE ACT TO CONSIDER THIS  ITEM IN PRIVATE, THE PUBLIC WILL BE EXCLUDED FROM THE MEETING DURING SUCH CONSIDERATION

Minutes:

UNANIMOUSLY RESOLVED pursuant to the Local Government Act 1972, as amended by the Local Government (Access to Information) (Variation)

(Wales) Order 2007 that the following item was not for publication as the report contained exempt information as defined in Paragraph 12 of Part 4 of Schedule 12A to the Act.

 

5.

TO CONSIDER AN APPEAL BY APPLICANT DR AGAINST A DECISION BY OFFICERS FOR THE NON-PROVISION OF FREE SCHOOL TRANSPORT.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Following the application of the public interest test it was UNANIMOUSLY

RESOLVED pursuant to the Act referred to in minute 4 above, not to publicise the content of the report as it contained exempt information relating to a particular individual. The public interest test in this matter related to the fact that the report included personal information relating to the applicant. Disclosure would support transparency and accountability in the decision making process, however, on balance the public interest in maintaining confidentiality outweighed the public interest in disclosure because of the need to protect the identity of the applicant and the family.

 

The Chair welcomed officers from Legal, Environment and Education & Children Services to the meeting. The Panel considered the written representations of the appellant in respect of the refusal of the Stage 1 Review Panel to grant D.R. free school transport to the nearest LEA designated school which was located within the statutory walking distance and therefore, did not meet the criteria outlined in the Council’s policy for the provision of assistance.

 

The Panel considered the observations of the departmental officers, together with the individual circumstances of the case and the assessment of the potential walking route from D.R.’s home address to the designated school. The Panel noted that D.R. would be eligible to apply for a spare seat on the school bus, and should be made aware of this.

 

RESOLVED that in line with the Authority’s Home to School Transport Policy, the appeal be refused on the basis that D.R.’s home addresswas located within the statutory walking distance of the designated Local Education Authority School and that the walking route had been assessed as being suitable in accordance with Welsh Government Criteria.