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But perhaps UKIP have the answer to school crossing patrol threat?

Politics / Thu 20th Mar 2014 pm31 12:04pm

AN ESSEX UKIP councillor may have found the solution to solving to saving the jobs of school crossing patrols in Harlow and across the county.

Basildon councillor Kerry Smith has suggested that responsibility for crossing attendants’ salaries be transferred to each district’s individual Local Highways Panel.

Each panel, chaired by every elected county councillor for the relevant district, has a £1 million budget to spend on local roads projects.

Cllr Smith said: “If the portfolio holder lets us pay for the lollipop men and women out of our own local budget, he is still saving the money from his overall budget. It’s not costing the council anything extra, because that £1 million has already been signed off.

“Then, going forward, each area’s local councillors will be responsible for whether or not the crossing attendants are kept. Let the local members be the heroes or the ogres. If the public disagrees with their decisions, they will give them the boot.”

YH will update readers on whether this proposal is taken up in Harlow.

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