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We’ll fight to keep threatened school bus service
FURIOUS mums living on one of East Dorset’s most deprived estates say they will battle to keep a threatened school bus.
As reported in the Daily Echo, the 844 school service, which serves the Heatherlands estate in Ferndown, may stop running after a proposal by Dorset County Council to remove the subsidy paid to maintain it.
If the decision is made to cut the funding, the bus company will need to decide whether the service can continue.
Mum-of-three Jo Sears, 36, said: “Two of my children use the bus to get to school.
“My 10-year-old goes to the middle school, and to look at her, you’d think she was perfectly capable of walking a couple of miles there and back. But she’s got Sever’s Disease, which makes it really difficult for her to walk long distances. I have depression and ME, and I’m facing an eight-mile walk every day if the bus is cut getting my children to and from school.”
Lynn Kilford, 49, said her 10-year-old attends the middle school. “I can’t drive as I have epilepsy,” she said.
“The bus is already very expensive, so I just can’t understand it. This isn’t a free service and we’re all paying a lot for it. It’s horrendous to think we could lose our bus.”
Heatherlands is inside the three-mile radius that allows children free school transport, and the service is discretionary.
Leanne Hanson, 26, said five-year-old son Levi attends the first school.
She added: “He has severe asthma and every October he ends up in hospital with it.
“I also just don’t think it’s right that children are being encouraged to walk along a very busy, 40 mile per hour road to get to school. There’s no cycle path until you get to the town centre and I think someone’s going to get hurt.”
Carl Wareham, a former bus driver who is now retired, said: “The speed of those lorries on that road could be fatal. A small child could get sucked up under the wheels of a big vehicle because of the air pressure.”
The council’s cabinet will meet to discuss the service on October 2.
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