Tthe budget cuts just keep rolling in from County Hall, and they're now planning savage reductions to our music services across East Sussex.
The absolutely brilliant East Sussex Music Service is celebrating its 84th year; it delivers music lessons to around 7000 children in schools across the county every year and around 1000 children, aged between 4 and 18, attend area music centers each week.
Despite this shining success, the county council has announced that plans are being made to close the music instrumental service by 2019. This will result in the loss of valued music provision for many children and destroy a service which has introduced thousands of Eastbourne children to music over the decades.
I believe such proposals are unnecessary, wrong and shortsighted. I have also been told that staff believe savings can be made without slashing such a valuable and much-loved music service.
We need County Hall to pause, listen to the people they serve - us - and to go back to the music staff to ask them how the circle can be squared, rather than just propose a decimation of the entire instrumental teaching provision. A decision which if it goes through, will be horrendously difficult to reverse!
So will you join me in signing the petition below?