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Parent Maxine Bridges says she is not surprised by the council's decision but disappointed
Speaking afterwards Sue Moon says she is disappointed with the outcome and for all those people who took part and made their voces heard
It was a unanimous decision on all
Cabinet agrees to pass all recommendations.
Cllr Rodney Rose says the biggest risk is not bring able to balance the budget
Cllr Melinda Tilley says she has been called a "malicious, stupid, ignorant tin pot" by members of the action group and says calling them "the usual T-shirt wearing suspects" was nothing in comparison. She says people have threatened to get her removed from cabinet and the council but the group has not heeded her offer to speak on a one-on-one basis.
Council officers say: "We have spent hours and hours on what we can cut elsewhere and working with Cllr Tilley on options and can hand on heart say this is the best we can come up with." A few people chuckle at that remark.
Just a reminder - the cabinet is looking at whether to scrap free transport for children from September 2015 unless they go to their nearest school. It hopes to save up to £2m through the plans.
Cllr Judy Heathcoat asks officers if savings can be made on the council spend on taxis to school. Currently it spends about £7m on taxing kids to school. She is told it is something being looked at by the council but there are occasions when a taxi is the only option for some children
Council officers say they will look at issues surrounding RAF Benson separately and are aware of the base's difficulties.
Louise Sumner, a member of the public, addresses cabinet and says they have not engaged with the public sufficiently and addressed the concerns raised during the first consultation. She says it has been beaurocratic and criticises Melinda Tilley for her comments made previously. Lots of applause to that
Angus Wilkinson of OSBAG says the proposals are a "bit of a mess" and that there is "risk in every direction". He says the safe walking routes could be a risk down the line.
There have been 15 people who have spoken at the meeting so far. The majority have been against the proposals
Sue Moon of OSBAG says this issue has highlighted the mistakes the council has made with misinformation about financial calculations and the letter Cllr Tilley made "rubbishing" the group. She says she hopes this will encourage people to keep having a part in the democratic process. More than 1,400 people joined the campaign on Facebook
Carterton Community College supports the proposals as it has been unfairly looked over and children often bussed past the school
A petition of 500 signatures has been submitted by the residents of Kennington
Cllr Linda Atkins says this will impact on children who live at RAF Benson and urges cabinet on look at nuances which would mean those children would go to already oversubscribed Wallingford School instead of Icknield.
Mayor of Burford John White calls the proposals "miserable" and should be dismissed. He urges them to have an independent review and to consider some of the other options put forward
Burford School would be the "biggest loser" in the county and will be damaged to a serious extent governors argue
Headteacher of Burford School says she would have 500 fewer pupils over five years if proposals passed.
Listen to the OSBAG protesters outside County Hall before the meeting
Before the meeting started Chloe Bridge, 12, told the Oxford Mail she would have to leave Burford School at the start of her GCSEs if the proposals were passed and would have to walk in the dark in the winter to get to Carterton Community College, which worried her. Her mum Maxine is very concerned about her daughter having to change schools
Cllr George Reynolds says it is worrying that schools like Warriner School could lose 300 pupils and primary schools lose two or three villages from school rolls. He says it would hit the poorest in his ward. He wants the proposals to be deferred a school year - to rounds of applause from campaigners
Concerns raised by campaigners OSBAG about Cllr Melinda Tilley's comments a bit the group sent in an email to other councillors does not mean she is biased in this debate, Hudspeth adds
Mr Hudspeth says this would "save a considerable sum of money" and if they don't make savings here they will have to be made elsewhere. He said campaigners claim only £250,00 would be saved but he "reminds everybody that even this would provide an additional 13,158 hours of support for vulnerable adults"
There are now about 50 people here today, and a number of different media
Mr Hudspeth says there have been a number of misunderstandings from the public about the proposals
More than 2,500 people took part in consultation and 4,000 people signed a petition
Leader of the council Ian Hudspeth has started the meeting. He says is the most comprehensive consultation procedures he has been through
The Education Scrutiny Committee, an all-party group, met this morning and voted through the proposal. Now it's up to the cabinet to decide.
About 30 people are gathering in the meeting room. It's due to start shortly
Campaigners gathered to protest outside county hall ahead of the cabinet meeting
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