Concerns about the future of school crossing patrols were raised at a meeting of Calderdale Council (2nd September) by Cllr Sue Holdsworth (Liberal Democrat, Greetland and Stainland).
Cllr Holdsworth told the meeting that she had been contacted by concerned parents who had heard that the service might be withdrawn and one ‘lollipop lady’ who was unsure if and when she would be back at work.
“There was confusion at the meeting about which cabinet member is responsible for this service and who pays for this service. It seems that it depends on whether the school is an Academy or is maintained by the Council”.
“Either way, I would urge all concerned to ensure that this vital service is maintained. Parents and children will already have safety concerns about the return to school and don’t need any extra worries.”
“I understand that there will be additional complications at the moment, especially if schools are having staggered starts that mean crossing patrols need to be in place for longer at each end of the school day. However, I think these problems can be overcome.”
“Pupils need to be safe at school and to get there safely. The Council is encouraging people to walk to school and not be reliant on parents’ cars, but this will only happen if parents and children are reassured about safety.”
“I hope everyone involved in discussions about the future of crossing patrols can work out a solution that keeps this vital service in place”, said Cllr Holdsworth.