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School ‘could be unviable’ if buses are cut
10:00am Monday 28th October 2013 in News
MANNINGTREE High School could become ‘unviable’ if changes are made to school transport, according to a council leader.
Essex County Council’s consultation over proposals to cut free school bus travel ended on Friday.
Tendring Council leader Peter Halliday has written to Ray Godding Essex County Council cabinet member for education to ask for Tendring’s high levels of economic and social deprivation to be taken into account.
Mr Halliday said there were serious concerns that the proposals involving catchment areas would have a detrimental impact on schools and families in Tendring.
“Both Colne Community School and Manningtree High have a large number of students from areas to the east of Colchester,” he said.
“Under the new proposals those students will only get help with transport to their nearest school, which would be in Colchester. This could result in the two schools in our district not filling their places and make them unviable.”