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Consultation launched over plans to axe council-funded lollipop men and women in Lichfield and Burntwood

People in Lichfield and Burntwood are being invited to have their say on plans to axe council-funded lollipop men and women.

lollipopStaffordshire County Council is proposing ending funding for school crossing patrols as it grapples with a £35million budget shortfall.

The authority plans to move to “community-funded” alternatives which it would still train and manage.

Cllr Helen Fisher

Cllr Helen Fisher

Cllr Helen Fisher, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “We have seen the cost of care soar by more than £100m in the last 10 years and we must now tackle a £35m shortfall in our budget.

“This means we have no choice but to consider which non-statutory services we can continue to fund and very reluctantly this includes the school crossing patrol service.

“The patrols are all wonderful and I do hope that communities will step forward to keep as many of them as possible in the county.”

The online consultation will run until 31st December. The final proposals will be voted on by the council in February 2019.

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8 Comments

  1. AnnS

    15th November, 2018 at 3:01 pm

    “The patrols are all wonderful and I do hope that communities will step forward to keep as many of them as possible in the county.”

    So in other words, they want people to do the job for no pay.

  2. Gaynor Robinson

    17th November, 2018 at 9:22 am

    And this from the council who wasted £11 million of tax payers money on the failed friarsgate fiasco

  3. Steve

    17th November, 2018 at 12:59 pm

    Make the new home developers pay for this. Lichfields roads get more dangerous with every development.

  4. Mike Edwards

    17th November, 2018 at 8:50 pm

    Who would want to stop the traffic for the children to cross the roads without a stop sign, because no pay no stop sign.
    This is got to be the bottom of the barrel now

  5. Burntwood Bloke

    17th November, 2018 at 10:21 pm

    I love the fact that there has to be a consultation on this. Any other sensible country wouldn’t even consider doing something so stupid.

  6. Cllr Rob Birch

    18th November, 2018 at 9:08 am

    So let’s get this straight The Tory Government cut funding to Councils in line with the Austerity agenda encouraged by their Councillors as party members. The same Councillors then plead poverty and ask the community to bail them out.

    They claim they are the party of low taxation and cut public services such as brown bin collections and now this and expect individuals and communities to pay up = stealth tax = discrimination of the less well off.

    The reality is that those in more affluent areas could probably pool some resources to pay for private crossing patrols. Those in less affluent areas can barely afford the weekly shop let alone the latest Tory Stealth Tax. They’d end up having to use volunteers to do it for nothing, assuming someone would do it. Even then there are costs involved such as uniform, equipment, training and insurance.

    The fact this is your party’s cuts causing it makes this part of your press release absolute nonesense “This means we have no choice but to consider which non-statutory services we can continue to fund and very reluctantly this includes the school crossing patrol service.” You have a choice, stop supporting the endless attacks on essential public services.

    Really makes you wonder what planet these people are on when they try to distance themselves from the fact they are willing to even consider putting children’s lives at risk.

  7. John Griffin

    14th December, 2018 at 8:24 pm

    Cllr Birch, you and I, and many others, know that these frauds are happy to line the pockets of developers and consultants, but not pay to keep our kids safe.

  8. Rob

    15th December, 2018 at 11:56 am

    If this service is non-statutory it can’t be “essential” at the same time and as a parent I always considered the safety of my children was my responsibilty and didn’t expect, and wouldn’t trust, the council to be involved.

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