Parents and pupils fight for crossing patrol in Briston, near Melton Constable
PUBLISHED: 10:43 24 January 2017 | UPDATED: 10:43 24 January 2017
Protesters gathered at a school crossing in Briston, near Melton Constable, yesterday against proposals to cut a lollipop service.
Thirty-eight patrols out of the county’s 96 road crossing patrols are under threat through Norfolk County Council proposals to cut funding by about £150,000 a year.
The move has sparked controversy and protests from parents who say their lollipop patrols are crucial to keep children safe.
One of those at risk is Astley Primary School, where protesters gathered yesterday.
Astley campaigners will also be outside County Hall in Norwich today, between 9am and 10am, ahead of a meeting to consider the plans at the children’s services committee meeting.
They claim the council has made serious errors in putting the crossing on a list of those at risk.
Steffan Aquarone, Liberal Democrat campaigner in north Norfolk, who worked with parents on a 562-signature petition, which was delivered to the council, said: “It’s understandable the council is looking for ways to save money.
“But they’ve got it wrong on their own terms – not to mention ignoring the local circumstances on the ground.
“This is about a local community getting together to make things happen, and constructively challenge the authorities that have so much influence over our lives.”
Mother-of-two Karen Cornish, who uses the crossing daily, said: “The school crossing should never have made it on to the shortlist of crossings to be cut. The council has not monitored the site properly.”
The council currently spends £270,000 on the patrols, but said it was not sustainable to keep providing that many.
It said it used national guidelines and monitoring on numbers of vehicles and children crossing to decide which patrols should continue to be provided and which should be consulted on for withdrawal.
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