Campaign held by North Lopham primary school over lollipop patrol cuts

Campaigners from St Andrew's Primary School in North Lopham. Picture: Mel Mitchell.

Campaigners from St Andrew's Primary School in North Lopham. Picture: Mel Mitchell. - Credit: Miss Mel Mitchell, Deputy Headteacher at St Andrew's School

A school whose lollipop patrol is one of almost 40 across the county which could be axed has held a campaign to raise awareness of the issue.

Campaigners from St Andrew's Primary School in North Lopham. Picture: Mel Mitchell.

Campaigners from St Andrew's Primary School in North Lopham. Picture: Mel Mitchell. - Credit: Miss Mel Mitchell, Deputy Headteacher at St Andrew's School

Pupils from St Andrew's Primary School in North Lopham, near Diss, held placards and took a road survey to inform the community of the potential loss of their lollipop lady.

They were joined by parents, parish councillors, church representatives and members of the Parent Teacher Association in the hope to get people to leave their feedback on the consultation.

Norfolk County Council is proposing to cut funding by £150,000 which would see it axe 38 of its 96 lollipop services.

The council has said it used national guidelines and monitoring of children and cars to decide which services should be removed - with St Andrew's not meeting the threshold.

Campaigners from St Andrew's Primary School in North Lopham. Picture: Mel Mitchell

Campaigners from St Andrew's Primary School in North Lopham. Picture: Mel Mitchell - Credit: Miss Mel Mitchell, Deputy Headteacher at St Andrew's School


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Jennie Vere, school governor and secretary of the church council, said the campaign was 'well supported'.

She said: 'It was real community effort. The children did a road survey for 20 minutes and they had 50 cars and heavy duty lorries go past during that time.'

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Mrs Vere said staff and parents were worried about the safety of the children because the school is near a bad bend and says road users go round it faster then they should.

In addition, there is a pavement on the school side for a few yards towards the village but the next section is on the other side of the road - causing children to cross near the bend.

Mrs Vere added: 'We absolutely fear for the children's safety. It is very sad that children's safety is compromised for the sake of saving a few pounds.'

Roger Smith, the chairman of Norfolk County Council's children's services committee, said: 'We've got to make effective use of our money.

'It's a non-statutory service and the bottom line is that it's parents' responsibility to get children to the school gates.'

To find out more about the consultation visit https://norfolk.citizenspace.com/consultation/roadcrossingpatrols/

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