Historic provision of a rural school bus service by LA is subject to a "safe walking route assessment" which finds that a "suitable" walking route of less than 3 miles is available and consequently the LA proposes to withdraw assisted school transport since the distance is less than the statutory 3 miles above which the LA must provide the service.
Local population (and the PC for that matter) consider the "safe walking route" to be preposterous - it really is - across open moorland, bridleway and unclassified roads with no lighting / pavement.
But, LA have followed correct assessment process and criteria and the route really does qualify as "safe" by the metrics set for the assessment.
If the LA does withdraw the service, can the PC fund a school bus service? I can't think of a 'power' which would allow this. Any thoughts or previous experiences?