Councillor fears existing school crossing proposals are just the tip of the iceberg

Councillor fears existing school crossing proposals are just the tip of the iceberg

Councillor fears existing school crossing proposals are just the tip of the iceberg

First published in News

A furious councillor fears Essex County Council plans to withdraw funding for all crossing patrols.

The council already wants 55 of the county’s schools where there are zebra crossings or traffic lights nearby to stump up £5,860 to pay for lollipop men and women or face losing them.

Those set to be axed include patrols at Silver End Primary School and Kelvedon St Mary’s Primary School.

But now district and county councillor James Abbott claims a letter sent from County Hall to the affected schools says the whole school crossing patrol service will be reviewed in the long term.

He said: “I suspect what they’re going to try and do is say that if we are going to have school crossing patrols then somebody else must pay for them.

“It could be that what we’re seeing at the moment is a softening up exercise for going the whole hog.”

Essex County Council's cabinet member for highways, Rodney Bass, insists no decisions have been made.

To take part in the council’s consultation, visit essexinsight.org.uk/consultations

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9:57am Fri 28 Mar 14

keith_l says...

Children of Primary School age shouldn't be walking to school unaccompanied and their parents should be crossing them at a safe place, and older children should know how to cross the road.
Children of Primary School age shouldn't be walking to school unaccompanied and their parents should be crossing them at a safe place, and older children should know how to cross the road. keith_l
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12:18pm Fri 28 Mar 14

The Stinker Returns says...

What about using job seekers to volunteer to man the crossings on a rota basis?
What about using job seekers to volunteer to man the crossings on a rota basis? The Stinker Returns
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1:19pm Thu 3 Apr 14

This-is-what-I-have-to-say says...

The Stinker Returns wrote:
What about using job seekers to volunteer to man the crossings on a rota basis?
I can't understand why this has 2 thumbs down votes - this is actually a sensible suggestion. An hour in the morning and an hour in the afternoon isn't going to interfere with their job seeking, and I'm sure they would even be able to get home in time to watch Jeremy Kyle.

Too many on benefits expect something for nothing, about time they do something to earn their benefits - I have to go to work and pay my taxes to fund them, it's not fair.
[quote][p][bold]The Stinker Returns[/bold] wrote: What about using job seekers to volunteer to man the crossings on a rota basis?[/p][/quote]I can't understand why this has 2 thumbs down votes - this is actually a sensible suggestion. An hour in the morning and an hour in the afternoon isn't going to interfere with their job seeking, and I'm sure they would even be able to get home in time to watch Jeremy Kyle. Too many on benefits expect something for nothing, about time they do something to earn their benefits - I have to go to work and pay my taxes to fund them, it's not fair. This-is-what-I-have-to-say
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1:19pm Thu 3 Apr 14

This-is-what-I-have-to-say says...

The Stinker Returns wrote:
What about using job seekers to volunteer to man the crossings on a rota basis?
I can't understand why this has 2 thumbs down votes - this is actually a sensible suggestion. An hour in the morning and an hour in the afternoon isn't going to interfere with their job seeking, and I'm sure they would even be able to get home in time to watch Jeremy Kyle.

Too many on benefits expect something for nothing, about time they do something to earn their benefits - I have to go to work and pay my taxes to fund them, it's not fair.
[quote][p][bold]The Stinker Returns[/bold] wrote: What about using job seekers to volunteer to man the crossings on a rota basis?[/p][/quote]I can't understand why this has 2 thumbs down votes - this is actually a sensible suggestion. An hour in the morning and an hour in the afternoon isn't going to interfere with their job seeking, and I'm sure they would even be able to get home in time to watch Jeremy Kyle. Too many on benefits expect something for nothing, about time they do something to earn their benefits - I have to go to work and pay my taxes to fund them, it's not fair. This-is-what-I-have-to-say
  • Score: 0

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