Time running out to have your say in school transport consultation

Cllr Mike Appleyard

Cllr Mike Appleyard

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TIME is running out for parents and carers to have their say on proposals that will see cuts made to home-to-school transport funding.

There are just three days to go to give views on two consultations which propose to cut the amount spent by the county on transport for pupils under 16 years old, over 16 and also out-of-county pupils.

Two meetings – tonight in Great Missenden and tomorrow in Marlow – will let people affected ask questions to find out more about the proposals.

From September 2014, Buckinghamshire County Council said it will no longer be able to subsidise school transport costs for many children at their current level.

It is now considering a package of measures to reduce costs, and proposes increases to fares. Mike Appleyard Cabinet Member for Education and Skills has been meeting with parents at public meetings across the county throughout the consultation period.

Two more meetings will take place – one at the Misbourne School in Great Missenden tonight, at 7pm.

The final meeting will take place tomorrow, Wednesday March 19, at Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School in Marlow.

Cllr Appleyard said: "We want to be able to assess the impact of these proposed changes on individuals and would really encourage anyone with an interest in the proposals to take this chance to make their thoughts known.

"I encourage as many parents and carers to complete the consultation survey and come along to the meetings while they still can."

The consultations close on Friday, March 21, after which all feedback received will be considered. To take part visit www.buckscc.gov.uk/haveyoursay For more information visit www.buckscc.gov.uk/education/schools/school-transport/

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