1,000 sign to fight school buses axe

Macclesfield Express - - BARNABY FESTIVAL -

MORE than 1,000 peo­ple have signed a pe­ti­tion fight­ing plans to scrap free school buses for hun­dreds of stu­dents.

The pe­ti­tion was started af­ter coun­cil bosses ap­proved pro­pos­als to re­clas­sify five walk­ing routes to school as ‘safe’ and with­draw ac­cess to free buses, de­spite par­ents claims the routes are too dan­ger­ous for chil­dren.

Manny Botwe, head­teacher at Tyther­ing­ton School, is among those lead­ing the cam­paign against the clo­sures in Mac­cles­field.

He says the Mid­dle­wood Way, which more than 200 stu­dents at Tyther­ing­ton School and Poyn­ton High School would be ex­pected to use, is too iso­lated and dan­ger­ous, and the coun­cil should look to make sav­ings else­where.

He is urg­ing more peo­ple to sign the pe­ti­tion against the rul­ing, and en­cour­ag­ing par­ents and sup­port­ers to at­tend a pub­lic meet­ing at 6pm on Mon­day, July 4, at Tyther­ing­ton High School.

He said: “The pe­ti­tion news is great and in­di­cates the strength of feel­ing about the is­sue. We’re hav­ing this meet­ing and then next week we want to get the coun­cil de­ci­sion mak­ers to­gether.

“It’s ab­so­lutely vi­tal to make our voices heard so our chil­dren can get to school safely.”

A meet­ing at the Cock and Pheas­ant pub in Bolling­ton will also take place tonight (Wed­nes­day, June 29) at 6pm.

The Cab­i­net voted on June 14 to re­clas­sify five routes to schools for a total of 500 stu­dents from April 2017. Nearly 100 pupils at Fal­li­b­roome will also lose their bus ser­vice af­ter coun­cil bosses ap­proved £80,000 plans to in­stall a con­trolled cross­ing on Prest­bury Road, and schools in Wil­las­ton and Whee­lock will also be af­fected.

In a state­ment to the Ex­press fol­low­ing the an­nounce­ment, Coun Liz Durham, cab­i­net mem­ber for chil­dren and fam­i­lies said: “On the grounds of fair­ness to all par­ents and pupils, these mea­sures are the right thing to do. While it will un­doubt­edly prove un­pop­u­lar with the peo­ple af­fected, this de­ci­sion is about fairly ap­ply­ing an ex­ist­ing pol­icy, now that these walk­ing routes have been made avail­able.”

The Chil­dren and Fam­i­lies Over­view Scru­tiny Com­mit­tee, a team of coun­cil­lors who do not sit on the cab­i­net, will meet to an­a­lyse and make rec­om­men­da­tions on the de­ci­sion on July 19.

Sign the pe­ti­tion at https://you.38de­grees.org. uk/pe­ti­tions/keep­tyther­ing­ton-school-buses. ●●

●● Manny Botwe

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