School's lollipop patrol at risk...again

Campaigners were up in arms last time Silver End's crossing patrol was under threat

Campaigners were up in arms last time Silver End's crossing patrol was under threat

First published in News

Crossing patrols at two village primary schools have been named among those facing the axe.

Essex County Council wants schools to stump up £5,860 to pay for lollipop men and women where there are zebra crossings or traffic lights nearby.

If they cannot find the cash, the patrols could be stopped.

The council has now written to 55 schools affected, including Silver End Primary School and Kelvedon St Mary's Primary School, and has launched an online consultation over its proposals.

Patrols at Silver End Primary School have only returned in the last few months after a long-running feud that started when the county council decided against replacing former lollipop lady Sharon Clark when she left in February 2011 because there was already a zebra crossing.

More than 350 villagers signed a petition calling for a rethink following claims speeding drivers did not always stop at the crossing.

Silver End district councillor James Abbott, one of those who lobbied the council last time, said: “To go through all that effort to recruit and then a few months later put the community back through another period of uncertainty is quite incredible."

See this week's Witham Times for the full story

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8:12am Sun 23 Mar 14

montygirl says...

Stupidity, there has to be a Lollypop lady. We have a zebra crossing but not that near to the school at all and our Lollypop lady is invaluable. Like the article above a lot of drivers do not stop at zebra crossings in fact sometimes they don't stop for the lollypop lady and she takes her life in her hands stepping out in the road as cars accelerate! Pure selfishness!
Stupidity, there has to be a Lollypop lady. We have a zebra crossing but not that near to the school at all and our Lollypop lady is invaluable. Like the article above a lot of drivers do not stop at zebra crossings in fact sometimes they don't stop for the lollypop lady and she takes her life in her hands stepping out in the road as cars accelerate! Pure selfishness! montygirl
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