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Burntwood councillor says fight against cuts to key services must go on despite victory over future of school crossing patrols

A Burntwood councillor says the battle against wide-ranging cuts is not over, despite Staffordshire County Council reversing plans to axe lollipop men and women.

The proposal had come as part of a raft of measures designed to plug a funding gap.

But Cllr Philip Atkins, leader of the Conservative-controlled council said public opinion had led to a rethink on the issue of school crossing wardens.

Cllr Sue Woodward
Cllr Sue Woodward

Cllr Sue Woodward, leader of the Labour opposition group at Staffordshire County Council, said the news represented a victory for residents – but warned there was still a fight to be had over the impact of cuts.

“While it’s good to know that the Cabinet at Staffordshire County Council really have been listening to the public concerns about school crossing patrols, we must remember that there are more cuts still to come,” she said.

“We’ve won one battle against the austerity measures but we haven’t won the war yet.

“That’s why it’s so important that residents keep lobbying their county councillors before more services are lost.”

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  1. John Griffiin

    23rd January, 2019 at 5:08 pm

    Early warning of SCC handing over Chasewater to private management – being fought by Cllr Woodward.

  2. Steven Norman

    23rd January, 2019 at 9:59 pm

    Of course the school crossing patrols are visible – like the potholes. The cuts to social services like the disabled having the maintenance or repairs of stairlifts cut for example are less visible as they are behind closed doors.
    Still, the MP for Lichfield is also invisible in his support for the old, the young or the vulnerable in Lichfield Constituency – or is he joining us at the demonstration against the cuts in Stafford on Saturday?

  3. Steve Norman

    29th January, 2019 at 12:46 pm

    He didn’t come to support his electors or their children of course. But you knew that didn’t you?

    On this his record is consistent. He’ll never join residents in protest against his Conservative colleagues running the district or the County. He’ll
    always choose Party first no matter what he wants you to think.