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Final bell for lunchtime lollipop crossings?
THE final bell could be about to toll for up to 60 school lunchtime lollipop patrols.
Durham County Council is looking at ending lunchtime crossing patrols near primary schools where few, if any, children leave unsupervised during lunch breaks.
Today (Wednesday, September 11), the council’s cabinet agreed to consult on the cutback and leave final decisions to a senior official and the relevant cabinet member.
Six patrols near secondary schools will be unaffected.
Terry Collins, the council’s corporate director for neighbourhood services, said road safety was a priority for the council and much work had been undertaken to reduce the number of accidents happening around schools.
The change would save nearly £164,000 a year and have “no negative impact on users”, Mr Collins said.
Councillor Brian Stephens, the cabinet member for neighbourhoods and local partnerships, said the safety of children was paramount and, even if the lunchtime patrols ended, the council would still be providing a service better than the national average.
Deputy leader Alan Napier said there would be stringent monitoring of the changes.
The issue was debated at County Hall, Durham.
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