Charging for transport will have grave effect on education

Post 16 transport charge protestors gather outside the Duchess's High School in Alnwick.'Picture Jane Coltman
Post 16 transport charge protestors gather outside the Duchess's High School in Alnwick.'Picture Jane Coltman

I am writing to you again to impress on you the effects that charging for post-16 transport can have on the educational opportunities of our young people and the financial impact it can have on many of us who live some distance from where our young people are educated.

Whether you be a young person wanting to enjoy the best education possible, a parent wanting the best education possible for your child or a grandparent wanting the best for the younger generation, you must make your feelings felt so that those in authority realise how serious the situation is.

I felt very privileged to be involved in a group at a meeting in Alnwick who are so dedicated to the future education of our young people in Northumberland.

It was decided at that meeting that at some date to be announced there would be a demonstration culminating on County Hall to demonstrate to those few councillors who decided that our over-16s were to pay for transport that they were completely wrong and would have to think again.

There are few ratepayers in Northumberland who do not have a personal interest in a young person in some way or another.

Let us make it clear to the ruling body who we finance at County Hall through our rates that we want the educational wellbeing of young people in the county to be accessible to all.

People power should never be underestimated. I ask you to write to your parish council, your county councillor, the leader of the county council, your Member of Parliament and any other influential person you know to inform them of the injustice of charging for transport for post-16 education.

Also, please turn up in force to demonstrate in Morpeth when the date is announced.

Anthony Murray,

A concerned grandfather and county councillor