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Motion - School Transport Appeals

Motion or resolution considered by Powys County Council

This motion was heard on 20/07/2023. It was proposed by Lucy Roberts and seconded by Gwynfor Thomas .

Motion as voted upon

In October 2022 the Council unanimously supported my motion to allow for greater flexibility around free school transport where it could be provided at no additional cost to the council. Since then I have been fighting a number of individual cases for residents who already have siblings at the school of their choice and where, for geographical reasons, there are buses running in two directions. Officers have argued that if they are flexible in one place, they will have to be flexible elsewhere too (surely that is the point if the criteria of no additional cost can be met) and have turned down appeals. The splitting of families is causing huge anxiety for parents and children and will severely limit the pupils’ opportunities to take part in after school activities. If members can’t have some sort of influence on the council’s decision-making process what is the point of being here.



I therefore call on members to support a motion to recommend to cabinet that school transport appeals are dealt with by a small cross-party group of councillors, supported by an officer who can guide members around any potential additional costs or issues that might arise from their decision, and that this should apply to any outstanding appeals for 2023 admissions and allow for a re-hearing of any stage 2 appeals for this year which have already been turned down.

For - 28
(51.9%)
Against - 21
(38.9%)
Abstained - 5
(9.3%)

Result: Passed
Vote Requirement: Simple Majority

  Voting Record

Below is the individual voting record for all councillors on this motion/resolution.

Name Party Vote
Baynham, Beverley
Presteigne
 Independent Group Did not vote
Bebb, Danny
Churchstoke
 Welsh Liberal Democrat Group For
Beecham, Matt
Crickhowell with Cwmdu and Tretower
 Resigned For
Beecham, Sarah-Jane
Crickhowell with Cwmdu and Tretower
 Resigned For
Berriman, Jake
Llandrindod North
 Welsh Liberal Democrat Group Against
Breeze, Ben
Kerry
 Welsh Conservatives Group For
Breeze, Graham
Welshpool Llanerchyddol
 Independent Group Abstained
Brighouse, Little
Disserth and Trecoed with Newbridge
 Non-Affiliated Against
Brignell-Thorp, Jeremy
Forden and Montgomery
 Non-Affiliated For
Cartwright, Anita
Talybont-on-Usk
 Resigned Did not vote
Charlton, Jackie
Llangattock and Llangynidr
 Welsh Liberal Democrat Group Against
Church, Richard
Welshpool Castle
 Welsh Liberal Democrat Group Against
Colbert, Tom
Bronllys and Felin-fach
 Non-Affiliated Abstained
Cox, Sian
Llangors with Bwlch
 Welsh Liberal Democrat Group Against
Davies, Aled
Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant and Llansilin
 Welsh Conservatives Group For
Davies, Angela
Rhayader
 Welsh Liberal Democrat Group For
Davies, Bryan
Llanafanfawr with Garth
 Independents for Powys Group For
Davies, Bryn
Banwy, Llanfihangel and Llanwddyn
 Plaid Cymru Group Did not vote
Davies, Sandra
Cwm-twrch
 Welsh Labour Group Against
Dorrance, Matthew
Brecon West
 Welsh Labour Group Against
Edwards, Deb
Llangunllo with Norton
 Non-Affiliated Abstained
Ewing, Josie
Llandrindod South
 Welsh Liberal Democrat Group Abstained
George, Les
Caersws
 Welsh Conservatives Group Did not vote
Gibson-Watt, James
Glasbury
 Welsh Liberal Democrat Group Did not vote
Harrison, Ian
Guilsfield
 Welsh Conservatives Group For
Healy, Kelly
Newtown Central and South
 Welsh Liberal Democrat Group Against
Hulme, Heulwen
Rhiwcynon
 Independent Group For
James, Peter
Llanwrtyd Wells
 Independent Group For
Jenner, Amanda
Trelystan and Trewern
 Welsh Conservatives Group Did not vote
Johnson-Wood, Claire
Llanyre with Nantmel
 Independents for Powys Group Did not vote
Jones, Adrian
Berriew and Castle Caereinion
 Welsh Conservatives Group For
Jones, Arwel
Llandysilio
 Independent Group For
Jones, Ed
Old Radnor
 Independents for Powys Group For
Jones, Gareth D
Llanfair Caereinion and Llanerfyl
 Independent Group For
Jones, Gareth E
Llanelwedd
 Independents for Powys Group For
Jones, Joy
Newtown East
 Non-Affiliated For
Kennerley, Adam
Newtown North
 Welsh Liberal Democrat Group For
Kenyon-Wade, Corinna
Knighton with Beguildy
 Welsh Liberal Democrat Group For
Lewington, Pete
Newtown West
 Welsh Conservatives Group For
Lewis, Karl
Llandinam with Dolfor
 Welsh Conservatives Group Did not vote
Lewis, Peter
Llanfyllin
 Welsh Conservatives Group Did not vote
Lloyd, William
Gwernyfed
 Welsh Liberal Democrat Group Did not vote
McIntosh, Iain
Yscir with Honddu Isaf and Llanddew
 Welsh Conservatives Group For
McNicholas, Susan
Ynyscedwyn
 Welsh Labour Group Against
Meredith, David
Brecon West
 Welsh Labour Group Against
Mitchell, Gary
Llanbrynmair
 Plaid Cymru Group Did not vote
Morgan, Gareth
Llanidloes
 Welsh Liberal Democrat Group Against
Morgan, Geoff
Ithon Valley
 Non-Affiliated For
Powell, William
Talgarth
 Welsh Liberal Democrat Group Did not vote
Preston, Glyn
Llanidloes
 Welsh Liberal Democrat Group For
Pugh, Gareth
Dolforwyn
 Welsh Conservatives Group For
Pugh, Jeremy
Builth
 Independents for Powys Group Did not vote
Ratcliffe, Gareth
Hay
 Welsh Liberal Democrat Group Against
Rijnenberg, Liz
Brecon East
 Welsh Labour Group Against
Roberts, Lucy
Llandrinio
 Welsh Conservatives Group For
Roberts, Pete
Llandrindod South
 Welsh Liberal Democrat Group Against
Robinson, Carol
Welshpool Gungrog
 Welsh Liberal Democrat Group Against
Roderick, Edwin
Maescar and Llywel
 Independent Group Did not vote
Selby, David
Newtown Central and South
 Welsh Liberal Democrat Group Against
Thomas, David
Tawe Uchaf
 Welsh Labour Group Against
Thomas, Gwynfor
Llansantffraid
 Welsh Conservatives Group For
Vaughan, Elwyn
Glantwymyn
 Plaid Cymru Group Against
Walsh, Chris
Brecon East
 Welsh Labour Group Against
Wilkinson, Jonathan
Llangyniew and Meifod
 Welsh Conservatives Group For
Williams, Ange
Knighton with Beguildy
 Independents for Powys Group For
Williams, Huw
Aber-craf and Ystradgynlais
 Welsh Labour Group Against
Williams, Michael
Machynlleth
 Independent Group Abstained
Williams, Sarah
Aber-craf and Ystradgynlais
 Welsh Labour Group Against

Source: Voting Record