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MORE than 10 per cent of Berkhamsted children will not have nursery school places this year.

Out of 290 children, 30 were not given places at either of their parents’ first or second-choice options.

That compares to 23 last year, figures from the Berkhamsted Parents Action Group show.

The group set up a petition and website www.berkhamstedparents.blogspot.com to campaign on the issue.

Catchment areas have shrunk by up to 520 metres since 2010, it says.

Anna Coleridge, 37, from the town’s Station Road, said she now faces a 45-minute round trip to Tring and back to drop her twins off at nursery.

She said: “Berkhamsted is marketed as a town for families with young children to move out of London. But there have not been any extra school places provided to support that.”

Her twins Dylan and Harper are pictured above.

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