December 13 2013 Latest news:
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
A lollipop lady is quitting after eight years because she says her job is “too dangerous”.
Carol Brock, 45, said she was in fear for her life every time she stood in Brandon Road outside Watton Junior School.
She said after a catalogue of abusive drivers, fast cars and a failure to obey her stop sign she decided to call it a day.
She said: “I was risking my own life every day, it just got too dangerous. Every time I step out I think, ‘is this going to be my last time walking out into the middle of the road?’
“I’m surprised no one has been killed on that crossing.
“The cars just don’t stop. It really should be a 20 mile per hour area down there, it’s so busy.”
Mrs Brock, from Carbrooke, has resigned from her role and will instead take up the safer task of cleaning.
She said she now fears for the children as her replacement has yet to be found despite being advertised for the past five weeks.
Ian Webb, Norfolk County Council’s school crossing patrol manager, said the authority is continuing to advertise for a lollipop lady.
He said: “We normally have a really enthusiastic response from people interested in doing such a rewarding job. So we would welcome applications – particularly from the Watton community.”
Mrs Brock led a campaign for Norfolk County Council to install a zebra crossing and extra warning lights outside the school, because of the recurring problem.
But she says nothing has really changed since that time and the cars continue to speed their way past the school.
“It’s disappointing there is still a problem there with traffic. What I would like to see is a zebra crossing with a barrier. That would stop the children running out – at the moment there is nothing to stop them doing that.”
Norfolk County Council’s highway engineer, Paul Sellick, said a full assessment was carried out when the zebra crossing was being designed in 2006.
“We haven’t had any recent contact from either the school or the town council expressing concerns about safety outside Watton Junior school and no personal injury accidents have been recorded there by the police for five years,” he said.
“However, both the school and town council know that we will be happy to carry out a new assessment if they think it is necessary.”
To find out about the job visit www.norfolk.gov.uk/jobs