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The Parish Council was unhappy to learn that this contentious issue is still unresolved and the future of the transport of Tarvin children to a school of their choice still hangs in the balance. Though the Executive of CW&C has agreed to the proposals, a recent Education Scrutiny Committee meeting on April 14th did not discuss issues relating to Tarvin. The Parish Council agreed to ask for the date of the next relevant meeting and to prepare a response. It was also agreed that they should seek the views of other local parish councils whose residents may be affected.

Borough Councillor Hugo Deynem, in response to many conversations with local people, has spoken against the policy as it affects Tarvin and will do so again. However he did ask that the Council and residents also look at what plans for mitigating the effects might be needed. While not wishing to be too pessimistic, he did indicate that a change in the current proposals might be hard to achieve.

Councillor Jones, whose own young children will be affected by the change, has agreed to talk to other parents and to bring as much information to the Council as possible.
It would appear that the change has been prompted by the rise of academies who have the right to draw in pupils from a wide area, and, under present rules, to ask for free transport for them. It seems to the Parish Council extremely unfair that the school lives of Tarvin children should be potentially so badly disrupted because of this possible threat to CW&C's budget. Whatever money may be saved elsewhere, the financial benefits of the change in Tarvin are negligible.

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