School run revolt!

Essex County Standard: School run revolt! School run revolt!

PARENTS held a “go slow” to protest against plans to scrap free school buses.

A convoy of 50 cars arrived at Wivenhoe Town’s football ground before yesterday’s school run.

From there, they made the 6.5-mile journey along the B0127 to the Colne Community School in Brightlingsea.

As they approached the school, the convoy of parents slowed down to 20mph.

After they dropped off their children, parents pulled on to the road outside the school and blocked it for five minutes, tooting their horns.

The protest had been followed by a police car to make sure it went smoothly.

It was arranged after it emerged last week some pupils in the Colne School’s catchment area will not be entitled to free buses from September 2015.

Andrea Luxford-Vaughan, a Wivenhoe town councillor who organised the stunt, said: “This shows the strength of feeling and the fact people will make the choice to drive to the school.

“This road is going to be choca- block. It is going to be horrendous for us – and the people of Brightlingsea.

Essex County Council needs to be creative and flexible.

“Let’s adapt locality principles and allow us to have a choice.”

Essex County Council’s new money-saving policymeans free buses are only applicable for a pupil’s nearest school, not any school in their catchment.

Many families in Wivenhoe live a couple of miles closer to Colchester Academy, but have traditionally sent their children to the Colne School and say it is just as quick to drive them there.

In February, the council said it would look into alternative funding to make exceptions in this case.

However, last week Ray Gooding, councillor responsible for education, said that was a misunderstanding.

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10:06am Thu 3 Jul 14

donttellanyone says...

Thanks for making me late for work thats not the right way to protest blocking people like me from getting to work should have been arrested for distrubing the peace.
Thanks for making me late for work thats not the right way to protest blocking people like me from getting to work should have been arrested for distrubing the peace. donttellanyone
  • Score: 12

11:01am Thu 3 Jul 14

Jack222 says...

Free bus to the closest school should only be for those for whom it's the local school and too far too walk - say two miles. If people decide not to go to the local school then they can pay for transport.
Free bus to the closest school should only be for those for whom it's the local school and too far too walk - say two miles. If people decide not to go to the local school then they can pay for transport. Jack222
  • Score: 12

11:56am Thu 3 Jul 14

executive says...

If ECC think they will save money on transport they are in Cuckoo Land. It will take longer to get to Greenstead than Brightlingsea and also add to the traffic queuing in Clingo Hill. These ECC idiots need to be taught to think!
If ECC think they will save money on transport they are in Cuckoo Land. It will take longer to get to Greenstead than Brightlingsea and also add to the traffic queuing in Clingo Hill. These ECC idiots need to be taught to think! executive
  • Score: 14

12:01pm Thu 3 Jul 14

sam vines says...

So a town councillor organised this stunt and felt it was perfectly legal and acceptable to block a public highway when it is an offence to do so. I expect a councillor to respect the law not ignore it when it doesn't suit their needs.
So a town councillor organised this stunt and felt it was perfectly legal and acceptable to block a public highway when it is an offence to do so. I expect a councillor to respect the law not ignore it when it doesn't suit their needs. sam vines
  • Score: 16

12:37pm Thu 3 Jul 14

thillewe says...

make them walk if they live within two miles of the school, if parents decide to send their kids to a school further away then make them pay, why should we pay to get your kids to school.
Before anyone says anything I have four children, three walk to school & the other is too young as she is just two weeks old
make them walk if they live within two miles of the school, if parents decide to send their kids to a school further away then make them pay, why should we pay to get your kids to school. Before anyone says anything I have four children, three walk to school & the other is too young as she is just two weeks old thillewe
  • Score: 4

3:36pm Thu 3 Jul 14

hell111 says...

There has always been a free school bus from Wivenhoe and Elmstead Market to the Colne for years. Only now has ECC changed this decision for no reason advised. But what I can see is to save money. But upon speaking to the bus company they have advised it'll cost the same money to drive to the academy school.

What happened yesterday will happen every morning and afternoon from September 2015 because parents will drive their children to the catchment school if they cannot afford the bus. And will only get worse year after year if ECC don't reverse their decision.
There has always been a free school bus from Wivenhoe and Elmstead Market to the Colne for years. Only now has ECC changed this decision for no reason advised. But what I can see is to save money. But upon speaking to the bus company they have advised it'll cost the same money to drive to the academy school. What happened yesterday will happen every morning and afternoon from September 2015 because parents will drive their children to the catchment school if they cannot afford the bus. And will only get worse year after year if ECC don't reverse their decision. hell111
  • Score: 5

3:48pm Thu 3 Jul 14

sam vines says...

So what hell111 is saying is parents cant afford the bus fare but can afford the running cost of a car just for school runs
So what hell111 is saying is parents cant afford the bus fare but can afford the running cost of a car just for school runs sam vines
  • Score: 18

4:17pm Thu 3 Jul 14

homebaker says...

Jack222 wrote:
Free bus to the closest school should only be for those for whom it's the local school and too far too walk - say two miles. If people decide not to go to the local school then they can pay for transport.
Jack, two miles is a forty minute walk on a good surface by a healthy person, we are talking about 11 year old children. You also miss the point that there has to be a route to walk. Finally the nearest school, which Wivenhoe is not in the catchment of is still 3.7 miles away and takes longer to get to in a vehicle than the back road to Brightlingsea.
[quote][p][bold]Jack222[/bold] wrote: Free bus to the closest school should only be for those for whom it's the local school and too far too walk - say two miles. If people decide not to go to the local school then they can pay for transport.[/p][/quote]Jack, two miles is a forty minute walk on a good surface by a healthy person, we are talking about 11 year old children. You also miss the point that there has to be a route to walk. Finally the nearest school, which Wivenhoe is not in the catchment of is still 3.7 miles away and takes longer to get to in a vehicle than the back road to Brightlingsea. homebaker
  • Score: -1

4:20pm Thu 3 Jul 14

homebaker says...

sam vines wrote:
So a town councillor organised this stunt and felt it was perfectly legal and acceptable to block a public highway when it is an offence to do so. I expect a councillor to respect the law not ignore it when it doesn't suit their needs.
It wasn't an offence - they checked their facts before doing it. If you where there, you should have noticed that the police were in attendance at both the gathering point and at the Colne School, the site of the protest.
[quote][p][bold]sam vines[/bold] wrote: So a town councillor organised this stunt and felt it was perfectly legal and acceptable to block a public highway when it is an offence to do so. I expect a councillor to respect the law not ignore it when it doesn't suit their needs.[/p][/quote]It wasn't an offence - they checked their facts before doing it. If you where there, you should have noticed that the police were in attendance at both the gathering point and at the Colne School, the site of the protest. homebaker
  • Score: -8

4:23pm Thu 3 Jul 14

homebaker says...

thillewe wrote:
make them walk if they live within two miles of the school, if parents decide to send their kids to a school further away then make them pay, why should we pay to get your kids to school.
Before anyone says anything I have four children, three walk to school & the other is too young as she is just two weeks old
your comment misses the point of the protest and the piece the journalist has written about it. We are talking about houses over two miles away, not in Brightlingsea. We can only send our children to schools over two miles away.
[quote][p][bold]thillewe[/bold] wrote: make them walk if they live within two miles of the school, if parents decide to send their kids to a school further away then make them pay, why should we pay to get your kids to school. Before anyone says anything I have four children, three walk to school & the other is too young as she is just two weeks old[/p][/quote]your comment misses the point of the protest and the piece the journalist has written about it. We are talking about houses over two miles away, not in Brightlingsea. We can only send our children to schools over two miles away. homebaker
  • Score: -1

4:33pm Thu 3 Jul 14

sam vines says...

homebaker wrote:
sam vines wrote:
So a town councillor organised this stunt and felt it was perfectly legal and acceptable to block a public highway when it is an offence to do so. I expect a councillor to respect the law not ignore it when it doesn't suit their needs.
It wasn't an offence - they checked their facts before doing it. If you where there, you should have noticed that the police were in attendance at both the gathering point and at the Colne School, the site of the protest.
Section 137 of the Highways Act 1980 (as amended by sections 38 and 46 of the Criminal Justice Act 1982 and the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984, Schedule 7) provides an offence of wilful obstruction of the highway.

137(1) An offence is committed if a person, without lawful authority or excuse, in any way wilfully obstructs the free passage along a highway.

So if they did get police clearance was it published in advance like most road closures so that people cant complain about getting to work on time and missing hospital appointments. Or did they inform the police that they were going to travel at 20 mph which isn't an offence then decided to do an impromptu road block . At the end of the day it was a childish stunt to block the road and a bit double standard when they didn't do it with their own children in the car on they way to school.
[quote][p][bold]homebaker[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sam vines[/bold] wrote: So a town councillor organised this stunt and felt it was perfectly legal and acceptable to block a public highway when it is an offence to do so. I expect a councillor to respect the law not ignore it when it doesn't suit their needs.[/p][/quote]It wasn't an offence - they checked their facts before doing it. If you where there, you should have noticed that the police were in attendance at both the gathering point and at the Colne School, the site of the protest.[/p][/quote]Section 137 of the Highways Act 1980 (as amended by sections 38 and 46 of the Criminal Justice Act 1982 and the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984, Schedule 7) provides an offence of wilful obstruction of the highway. 137(1) An offence is committed if a person, without lawful authority or excuse, in any way wilfully obstructs the free passage along a highway. So if they did get police clearance was it published in advance like most road closures so that people cant complain about getting to work on time and missing hospital appointments. Or did they inform the police that they were going to travel at 20 mph which isn't an offence then decided to do an impromptu road block . At the end of the day it was a childish stunt to block the road and a bit double standard when they didn't do it with their own children in the car on they way to school. sam vines
  • Score: 11

4:42pm Thu 3 Jul 14

homebaker says...

sam vines wrote:
So what hell111 is saying is parents cant afford the bus fare but can afford the running cost of a car just for school runs
I think people will pair up, I would have to as I don't keep a car; image you have two children at the school yourself, £1800 per year for the bus is a lot to find. There are 10 buses of 60 children at the moment from Wivenhoe. So at the best of 4 children per car (£3600 of fairs) that's 150 extra cars into Brightlingsea just from Wivenhoe. Elmstead, Alresford and others are also effected and would be doing likewise.

There will still be a free bus (well not free, paid for out of taxes) it just won't be going to the catchment school where all the children have to go as that is where there is place provision and a right of attendance. Makes the idea of driving them yourself look like common sense.
[quote][p][bold]sam vines[/bold] wrote: So what hell111 is saying is parents cant afford the bus fare but can afford the running cost of a car just for school runs[/p][/quote]I think people will pair up, I would have to as I don't keep a car; image you have two children at the school yourself, £1800 per year for the bus is a lot to find. There are 10 buses of 60 children at the moment from Wivenhoe. So at the best of 4 children per car (£3600 of fairs) that's 150 extra cars into Brightlingsea just from Wivenhoe. Elmstead, Alresford and others are also effected and would be doing likewise. There will still be a free bus (well not free, paid for out of taxes) it just won't be going to the catchment school where all the children have to go as that is where there is place provision and a right of attendance. Makes the idea of driving them yourself look like common sense. homebaker
  • Score: -2

4:46pm Thu 3 Jul 14

homebaker says...

sam vines wrote:
homebaker wrote:
sam vines wrote:
So a town councillor organised this stunt and felt it was perfectly legal and acceptable to block a public highway when it is an offence to do so. I expect a councillor to respect the law not ignore it when it doesn't suit their needs.
It wasn't an offence - they checked their facts before doing it. If you where there, you should have noticed that the police were in attendance at both the gathering point and at the Colne School, the site of the protest.
Section 137 of the Highways Act 1980 (as amended by sections 38 and 46 of the Criminal Justice Act 1982 and the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984, Schedule 7) provides an offence of wilful obstruction of the highway.

137(1) An offence is committed if a person, without lawful authority or excuse, in any way wilfully obstructs the free passage along a highway.

So if they did get police clearance was it published in advance like most road closures so that people cant complain about getting to work on time and missing hospital appointments. Or did they inform the police that they were going to travel at 20 mph which isn't an offence then decided to do an impromptu road block . At the end of the day it was a childish stunt to block the road and a bit double standard when they didn't do it with their own children in the car on they way to school.
you can cause a blockage for up-to five minutes on all roads other than trunk and motorways under the New Roads and Streets Act without prior planning. I give you the rubbish lorry as a case in point, or a reversing skip lorry. The law makers thought before they wrote...
[quote][p][bold]sam vines[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]homebaker[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sam vines[/bold] wrote: So a town councillor organised this stunt and felt it was perfectly legal and acceptable to block a public highway when it is an offence to do so. I expect a councillor to respect the law not ignore it when it doesn't suit their needs.[/p][/quote]It wasn't an offence - they checked their facts before doing it. If you where there, you should have noticed that the police were in attendance at both the gathering point and at the Colne School, the site of the protest.[/p][/quote]Section 137 of the Highways Act 1980 (as amended by sections 38 and 46 of the Criminal Justice Act 1982 and the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984, Schedule 7) provides an offence of wilful obstruction of the highway. 137(1) An offence is committed if a person, without lawful authority or excuse, in any way wilfully obstructs the free passage along a highway. So if they did get police clearance was it published in advance like most road closures so that people cant complain about getting to work on time and missing hospital appointments. Or did they inform the police that they were going to travel at 20 mph which isn't an offence then decided to do an impromptu road block . At the end of the day it was a childish stunt to block the road and a bit double standard when they didn't do it with their own children in the car on they way to school.[/p][/quote]you can cause a blockage for up-to five minutes on all roads other than trunk and motorways under the New Roads and Streets Act without prior planning. I give you the rubbish lorry as a case in point, or a reversing skip lorry. The law makers thought before they wrote... homebaker
  • Score: -5

5:31pm Thu 3 Jul 14

hell111 says...

sam vines wrote:
So what hell111 is saying is parents cant afford the bus fare but can afford the running cost of a car just for school runs
Hmmm let me think, ah yes I just pull £900 out of my back pocket to pay the bus fair for a year. . Or shall I fill my car up for £40 and drive my child there. .....
[quote][p][bold]sam vines[/bold] wrote: So what hell111 is saying is parents cant afford the bus fare but can afford the running cost of a car just for school runs[/p][/quote]Hmmm let me think, ah yes I just pull £900 out of my back pocket to pay the bus fair for a year. . Or shall I fill my car up for £40 and drive my child there. ..... hell111
  • Score: -8

9:25am Fri 4 Jul 14

seikothrill says...

homebaker wrote:
sam vines wrote:
So a town councillor organised this stunt and felt it was perfectly legal and acceptable to block a public highway when it is an offence to do so. I expect a councillor to respect the law not ignore it when it doesn't suit their needs.
It wasn't an offence - they checked their facts before doing it. If you where there, you should have noticed that the police were in attendance at both the gathering point and at the Colne School, the site of the protest.
Doing a protect wasting police resources whilst they are stretched looking for a murderer.

Well done!
[quote][p][bold]homebaker[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sam vines[/bold] wrote: So a town councillor organised this stunt and felt it was perfectly legal and acceptable to block a public highway when it is an offence to do so. I expect a councillor to respect the law not ignore it when it doesn't suit their needs.[/p][/quote]It wasn't an offence - they checked their facts before doing it. If you where there, you should have noticed that the police were in attendance at both the gathering point and at the Colne School, the site of the protest.[/p][/quote]Doing a protect wasting police resources whilst they are stretched looking for a murderer. Well done! seikothrill
  • Score: 6
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