Schoolgirl misses the bus

Xavia Crossling from Sneatonthorpe who does not have the option of getting a bus to school and may have to get a texi''w123001a
Xavia Crossling from Sneatonthorpe who does not have the option of getting a bus to school and may have to get a texi''w123001a

A SCHOOLGIRL has been left without transport to school because she lives a tenth of a mile outside the catchment area.

Xavia Crossling lives in rural Sneatonthorpe at Whinnywood Farm, which isn’t on the usual bus route, and has been told she can’t have funded transport to Caedmon School from September because Eskdale is the closest school instead – by a fraction of a mile.

Had she chosen to go there she would have been eligible for free transport but will have to rely on lifts from her father or grandmother.

Meanwhile, her older brother Max (15) gets a taxi, paid for by North Yorkshire County Council (NYCC), to take him to Whitby Community College while separate taxis are also being sent by the council to Sneatonthorpe every day to collect two other pupils who go to Eskdale.

Mum Bryony said: “We were told geographically we are point one of a mile closer to Eskdale and should be sending her there but it is not a lot.

“We have measured it and are the same distance between the two. It is a lot of petrol money and is not environmentally friendly.

“My husband can take her but I am a nurse and on Fridays I work until 6pm. I will have to expect my mother to get her but she is 80 and we live on a single track lane – if the weather is bad it is not nice to expect her to go out there.

“But my biggest gripe is Max is in a taxi on his own.

“There used to be three others but one girl has left the upper sixth and the two boys are going to Prior Pursglove.

“So Max is on his own in sweet isolation while the council is sending two separate taxis and paying for another to Eskdale – it just seems a terrible waste.”