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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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14 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.

  9. Philip Allso

    16th December, 2018 at 10:10 am

    When I was young it was my unfortunate experience (in Birmingham) to see a child killed on a zebra crossing when a car overtook a line of stationary traffic. I can see it in my ‘minds eye’ to this day and the passage of years has not diminished the terror I felt then. The onus is on us to protect children ‘statutory’ or otherwise. This in many areas of society but not least when they are attending statutory education.

  10. Burntwood Bloke

    17th December, 2018 at 12:23 pm

    If you endanger school crossing patrols with stupid plans like this then kids and parents will feel less safe. They will drive instead. More traffic around schools is a horrific thought. This is all madness.

  11. Asellus aquaticus

    17th December, 2018 at 12:48 pm

    @Rob – “If this service is non-statutory it can’t be “essential” at the same time…” Why not? If you don’t trust government decisions, how can you trust the decisions behind what they have or haven’t made statutory?

    And whilst I agree with you that parents should take responsibility for children’s safety, what is it about school crossing patrols that you don’t trust?

  12. AgitatorofPeople

    17th December, 2018 at 5:42 pm

    Go and stand outside King Edwards school on a school day at 3:30 on Upper St Johns street zebra crossing and tell me that there is no need for a crossing patrol, or St Michaels/St Josephs at Cherry Orchard where HGV’s that can’t pass under the bridge re-route, it wont be a matter of “If” but “when” a child is seriously injured or killed.
    Crossing patrols werent put there originally on a whim, and it’s busier on the roads now than a decade ago.
    Tories = The party of low taxation and high child fatality.

  13. Joe Public

    17th December, 2018 at 6:49 pm

    How many crossing patrols would the money wasted on the Friarsgate “development” have paid for ? Sheer incompetence and lack of social reasoning. How bad must it get ?

  14. Steve

    18th December, 2018 at 7:08 am

    One of the problems is drivers know if they drive through red lights, they will not get caught.

    The junction by Lichfield City station. I see so many drivers go straight through the red lights here. Some, it is not marginal. The lights change an age before they drive through.

    Outside King Edwards is very dangerous.

    The problem is, the council have had a plan to allow any development through. Yet, they never think of the traffic these developments cause.

    Off Shortbutts Lane there will be almost 1000 new homes soon. Lichfield is coming to a standstill and soon the council will be scratching their heads, why they are failing emissions targets.