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Halfon backs petition to save Harlow’s school lollipop patrols!

Politics / Mon 17th Mar 2014 am31 09:58am

lollipopHARLOW MP, Robert Halfon has backed a petition to save the lollipop men and women of Harlow.

Essex County Council have launched a consultation into the future of the service.

Mr Halfon said: “I am working hard with Potter Street lollipop lady Jane Chivrall to do everything possible to protect our lollipop men and women.

They provide a vital service for our school children, are important figures of reassurance for our community and help keep roads safe and speeding to a minimum.

I have had discussions with the council about this and they have assured me that this is a conversation and no final decisions have been made.

They have said they want to share the funding of lollipop men and women with other budgets, something I will be raising in Parliament.

However I do believe that in places like Potter Street and by William Martin School that school crossing patrols are essential and I believe there are other ways to raise money to pay for this service including sponsorship by local companies as well as looking at whether money could be saved by reducing the number of minutes that school crossing patrols are there.

I am hugely grateful to Jane Chivrall (the lollipop lady at Potter Street), who has worked tirelessly for over 20 years as a lollipop lady and is campaigning hard with me and many others to protect our school patrol service.

Jane has suggested that if just ten minutes be lost per day the council would be able to make the savings they need.

I am fighting hard in our community and will be in Parliament to do everything we can to ensure we have a school crossing patrol service that is second to none.

For this reason I have set up the online petition with Jane Chivrall and would urge everyone to sign it so I have an opportunity to present it in coming weeks to Essex County Council.”

To sign the petition go to http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/essex-county-council-to-ensure-a-future-for-harlow-s-lollipop-men-women-2

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