Child’s ‘distress’ prompts action from West Sussex County Council

Lorraine Willis has been forced to drive her disabled son to school after West Sussex County Council made changes to the school bus journey times
Lorraine Willis has been forced to drive her disabled son to school after West Sussex County Council made changes to the school bus journey times

A MOTHER has been forced to take her disabled son to school herself after the local authority’s changes to his journey caused him ‘distress’.

Lorraine Willis’ son attends Fordwater School in Chichester, where a recent shake-up by West Sussex County Council has led to increased journey times for some pupils.

“The longer journey times are causing him distress as he is now wetting himself on the bus,” said Mrs Willis.

“I would like my son to have what he is entitled to, which is a safe, comfortable journey to and from school in a timely fashion. The council has a duty of care to these children which is sadly lacking.”

Mrs Willis complained to the council, but became frustrated with the lack of response so contacted the Observer.

A spokesperson for West Sussex County Council said: “We have been aware of Mrs Willis’ concerns and have been trying to find a way to improve her son’s journey. We have now been able to divert an alternative vehicle to their home which will significantly reduce the journey time.

“We understand Mrs Willis is happy with this arrangement and we have advised her to get in touch with us if any further problems arise.”