Have your say on home to school transport plans

Published: 02 November 2018

Planned revisions to Buckinghamshire County Council's home to school transport arrangements launched on 31 October 2018 and will be open until 4 January 2019. The consultation survey at www.buckscc.gov.uk/schooltransportsurvey would like public feedback on options to make the service more sustainable and fit for purpose.


The County Council's revised transport arrangements would include:

  • Improving the mix of council-provided and commercial transport to provide more flexible options and better value for money.

  • Applying statutory requirements to all Buckinghamshire schoolchildren, which would include phasing out local free transport arrangements in Ivinghoe and Iver.

  • Parents of post-16 children with special educational needs contributing towards their travel costs.

There would be no change to arrangements for more than 5,000 pupils who are eligible for free travel. Proposed revisions would apply only to children and young people who are not eligible for free statutory home-to-school transport.

Mike Appleyard, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said:  "We're exceeding our budget by £1.3 million and we need to make much better use of transport resources across the county to get the best value for money. We also want to be consistent in applying our statutory duties, while considering the effect on all those who use the service.

"It's important that we get feedback on the proposed options so that our future offer meets the needs of families, communities and schools.  Be assured we will make changes considerately so that we limit the need to increase prices."

As part of the consultation Mike Appleyard will hold 11 face-to-face meetings with those who use the service, and will also meet parents of children with special educational needs. Results of the consultation will be reported to the County Council Cabinet in March 2019 before a final decision is made. 

The service, currently costing £15.1 million, takes almost 9,900 Buckinghamshire children to and from school.  Of this, £12.7m pays for statutory provision, for children eligible for travel assistance. The remaining £2.4m pays for transport where the County Council has applied discretion and agreed to support young people, even though they are not eligible for free travel.  

Visit Bucks CC for further details and link to the online questionnaire

If you have any enquiries about this consultation, please email consultations@buckscc.gov.uk  If you would like support to complete the online survey, please visit your local library. If you require a printed copy, a copy in large print or in a different language please contact 01296 395000. 

During the consultation period, we will be having discussions with parents of SEND students and young people to gather their feedback.

Consultation drop-in events

Area

Venue

Date

Time

Aylesbury

Grange School, Wendover Way, HP21 7NH

6 November

7pm to 9pm

Amersham

Woodside Junior School, Mitchell Walk, Amersham, HP6 6NW

26 November

7pm to 9pm

Buckingham

Buckingham School, London Road, Buckingham, MK18 1AT

5 November

7pm to 9pm

Chesham

Newtown School, Berkhampstead Road, HP5 3AT

15 November

7pm to 9pm

Great Missenden

Misbourne School, Great Missenden, HP16 0BN

7 November

7pm to 9pm 

High Wycombe

Millbrook Combined School, Mill End Road, HP12 4BA

14 November

7pm to 9pm

Ivinghoe

Cheddington Combined School, High Street, Cheddington, LU7 0RG

8 November

7pm to 9pm

Iver

Iver Village Junior School, High Street, Iver, SL0 9QA

12 November

7pm to 9pm

Marlow

Great Marlow School, Bobmore Lane, Marlow, SL7 2BR

20 November

7pm to 9pm

Princes Risborough

Princes Risborough Primary Academy, Wellington Avenue, Princes Risborough, HP27 9HY

19 November

7pm to 9pm

Winslow

Winslow CE School, Lowndes Way, Winslow, MK18 3EN

21 November

7pm to 9pm