Parent fears council ‘will have blood on its hands’ if lollipop lady cash cut

Christine Joyce and son Adam. Mrs Joyce is also worried about the potential loss of crossing patrols

Debbie Harrison

First published in News

Parents fear for the safety of their children as concerns mount that funding for lollipop ladies could be axed.

School crossing patrols are one of a number of services being reviewed by Essex County Council (ECC) in a bid to save cash.

Rodney Bass, county councillor responsible for highways, has written to fellow councillors promising no plans will be put forward until the views of lollipop men and women and schools are heard.

But county councillor James Abbott (Green, Witham Northern) described the move as “very worrying” and questioned how meaningful any consultation would be.

Debbie Harrison, 39, of Bedells Avenue, Black Notley, walks son Eddie, nine, to John Ray Junior School most days, using the crossing patrols in Notley Road, Braintree.

Daughter Rhiannon is also a pupil at neighbouring Notley High School.

Mrs Harrison said: “I hope the council don’t do away with it because it will be really dangerous and they’ll end up with blood on their hands.”

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3:43pm Sun 16 Mar 14

Jack222 says...

What? Cant the parents / carers take their own children across the road?

Get real!
What? Cant the parents / carers take their own children across the road? Get real! Jack222
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5:24pm Sun 16 Mar 14

pierre-pierre says...

not easily, you have to dodge all the 4x4 badly parked, but I would ask, why does she have to use the crossing, as all the footpaths from Beddels Avenue to both the High School and the Junior are on that side of the road, the only problem is Buck hill, which is a car rat run and difficult to cross
not easily, you have to dodge all the 4x4 badly parked, but I would ask, why does she have to use the crossing, as all the footpaths from Beddels Avenue to both the High School and the Junior are on that side of the road, the only problem is Buck hill, which is a car rat run and difficult to cross pierre-pierre
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