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Council to look again at changes to transport to schools in rural Suffolk

PUBLISHED: 17:49 13 September 2017 | UPDATED: 17:49 13 September 2017

Thurston Community College. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Thurston Community College. Picture: GREGG BROWN

The controversial decision to ask residents for their views on changing the way free transport is offered to Suffolk schoolchildren is to be looked at again by county councillors.

The decision, at this weeks’ county council cabinet meeting, is likely to be looked at again by the authority’s scrutiny committee towards the end of September.

The reference has been requested by Liberal Democrat councillor Penny Otton whose division includes Thurston Community College, one of those that would be most seriously affected if changes are brought in during 2019.

She said the decision should be reconsidered because there was not enough public engagement with the “pre consultation” period because it took place during the school summer holidays.

If the decision is referred back to the cabinet again that could delay the start of the consultation period, due in early October, which could mean it is not finished as planned in December.

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