Essex Council: No Give Way on school crossing patrols

Politics / Wed 14th May 2014 pm31 12:08pm

ESSEX COUNTY Council has continued to anger Harlow residents with their suggestions that school crossing patrols can be privately funded.

Essex County Council is currently reviewing the provision of School Crossing Patrols at schools where there is either a zebra or pelican crossing in addition to a School Crossing Patrol.

If schools want to keep their School Crossing Patrols on sites with zebra or pelican crossings, it has been suggested funding could be obtained through sponsorship or fundraising. Essex County Council would continue to employ, train and manage the School Crossing Patrol officers and retain employment liabilities. We would also continue to provide absence cover.

All affected head teachers were invited to discuss the proposal at two meetings. Six head teachers attended. Two schools have contacted the project team directly to indicate they would be prepared to buy-back their School Crossing Patrol Service.

Cllr Bass said: “We have had a large response to the public consultation, including some constructive suggestions. I am grateful to everyone who took the time to respond. We entered a conversation with schools and the public because we were interested in their views. We are currently analysing them before taking any decision.”

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