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route to school in Wandsworth-how is this decided?

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1dilemma Wed 17-Jun-09 00:24:47

I'd be grateful if anyone could help me with this.
Has anyone had a dispute over the route Wandsworth measure for them for a primary school application? Able/willing to tell me what happened.

Does anyone know whether Wandsworth has used an across common route to calculate their distance to school? (specifically Clapham common)but interested in the others

Thanks very much

fortyplus Wed 17-Jun-09 00:29:23

Not Wansworth but a friend wanted to dipute distance to school in our local area. It will be measured over the shortest safe walking route. We went out with a GPS device and found the LEA's distance unv=cannily accurate.

fortyplus Wed 17-Jun-09 00:29:44

oops - 'uncannily'

1dilemma Wed 17-Jun-09 00:32:53

wow that was a speedy reply!
Admissions criteria state shortest walking route with street lighting, but it appears that is not so!

Interesting yours says safe wonder who determines that? Do they have police certificates to proove it? Does it change as the child gets older?

fortyplus Wed 17-Jun-09 00:36:27

When we set up a 'walking bus' for primary school someone from county came out to walk the routes with us and do a risk assessment. Maybe speak to your LEA to find out if risk assessments have been done on unlit areas? Danger is usually seen to be from traffic so you may be disappointed if you're objecting to a public path over a common or park.

1dilemma Wed 17-Jun-09 00:41:33

Ah but the path is lit.

It goes past a cafe, 2 play areas various other municiple facilities and is a recognised cycle path too!

(as an aside interesting that they assessed it for safety wonder if there is any come back if there is an accident/robbery? With current behaviour I'm surprised they would agree to do that but the walking bus thing might make it different)

1dilemma Thu 18-Jun-09 23:42:20

I think most of the people on the local board are too young!!

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