Available school walking routes phase 2

Mobberley to Knutsford Academy and Mobberley to Knutsford Academy, The Studio.

The route between Mobberley and Knutsford Academy was previously deemed ‘unavailable’ as a walking route to school because of a lack of pavement between Broadoak Lane and Rockswood Way.

That situation was remedied with the installation of a new pavement completed in April 2017. A subsequent reassessment has deemed that the route is now ‘available’ as a walking route to school.  

This change means that there will no longer be a need for the Council  to provide free transport for 33 children living in the area who  reside within the statutory walking distance to school of 3 miles for pupils aged 11 plus. There are 27 pupils who live outside the 3 mile limit who will continue to receive free travel support.

Pupils for whom transport is withdrawn will receive a subsidy payment of £192 for each year until they complete their current education. This will be paid in a one off lump sum payment to eligible families. 

The Council has previously acknowledged that, for such changes, effective communication and engagement will be a first priority to ensure that anyone potentially affected will have an opportunity to contribute their views before a final decision is made.

On 12 September Cheshire East Cabinet agreed to begin such a period of community engagement with local residents about the proposals. This commenced on 20th September and ends on 17 October.

The outcome of the engagement will be analysed in October/November and will inform subsequent proposals which are planned for a decision by Cabinet in January 2018. Implementation would take place from September 2018 with affected parents given reasonable advance notice.