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Halfon praises Harlow lollipop ladies in parliament

News / Fri 28th Mar 2014 at 09:59am

HARLOW’S MP Robert Halfon has praised Harlow’s lollipop ladies in the House of Commons whilst asking for the Government to look into ways that school crossing patrols can continue to take place in Harlow. This is following the news that Essex County Council are considering the future of some school crossing patrols due to the need to save money.

During the debate, Mr Halfon said:

“Essex county council is having a conversation about reducing school crossing patrols. May we have a debate on the importance of such patrols? Will the Government consider whether any other budgets could be used, such as the education budget, so that we can support hard-working Harlow lollipop men and women? Will my right hon. Friend raise this matter with other Departments?”

Robert Halfon is spearheading the campaign to save Harlow’s school crossing patrols with Jane Chivrall, the lollipop lady at Potter Street, and together they have set up a petition that has already received over 200 signatures from Harlow residents in support of the campaign.

Furthermore, Robert has tabled a Parliamentary Motion on the subject, and has written to Schools Minister, David Laws, calling for alternative budgets to be used to safeguard this valuable service. He writes: “Head-teachers from both schools have spoken out against this consultation, and many parents have contacted me with concerns, and over 200 Harlow residents have signed a petition against it.

“I have met with Harlow’s road traffic patroller and found her ideas about how to secure the service very helpful, such as other areas in Essex County Council’s budget that could be cut, the idea of introducing sponsorship from local companies, and reducing the number of minutes that school crossing patrollers are present at the crossing for. However, I am also interested to know if there is any provision in the Education budget for funding such a valuable resource as their presence is so beneficial?
Harlow’s road traffic patrollers are extremely important to Harlow as a community, and do an incredibly important job in making sure that our young school children get to school safely.”

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