County council’s cabinet to discuss calls for early free transport to college

Councillors are being recommended not to approve a call to give free home to school transport a year earlier than planned for 128 students to Thurston Community College
Councillors are being recommended not to approve a call to give free home to school transport a year earlier than planned for 128 students to Thurston Community College

County councillors are being recommended to reject calls to provide free tranport for pupils to a college a year ahead of a planned catchment area change.

Suffolk County Council’s cabinet, which meets on Tuesday, is being asked not to provide the service for 128 pupils living in Elmswell, Rattlesden and Woolpit to Thurston Community College for the 2013/14 school year.

They currently live in part of the Stowupland High School catchment area which is being transferred to the college from September 2014. The pupils will be entitled to free transport to the college next year when the catchment area is redrawn.

In a report to the cabinet, Jan Scott, senior infrastructure officer, said: “It would be irresponsible at a time of significant financial challenge to provide free home to school transport outside of policy.”

The move was suggested by Cllr Jane Storey after an approach by parents.