Question from: County Councillor Matthew Dorrance Subject: Establishing a bus service that links to Ysgol y Bannau, Brecon
Access to Welsh medium education is a priority for the Council but too many families in the Brecon area are unable to access Ysgol y Bannau because it is not within walking distance and it is not served by an adequate bus service.
Therefore, will the Council establish a bus service that links Ysgol y Bannau with the community so that more local children can access Welsh medium education?
Response by the Portfolio Holder:
We have measured the walking distances from the following housing estates on the outer edges of Brecon:
All the walking distances were less than 2miles (around 1.6 miles) from Ysgol Y Bannau. As you may be aware, our current transport policy reflects what the law requires in that we will provide transport to your nearest of catchment primary school if you live more than 2 miles away. Unfortunately, it would appear that there are no properties in the town of Brecon that are more than 2 miles away from Ysgol Y Bannau so therefore we will not be looking to establish a bus service specifically for Ysgol Y Bannau.
However, many of the service buses are timed to arrive in Brecon to accommodate college and Brecon High School learners, so parents may wish to use these buses to get to Ysgol Y Bannau.