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Crossing patrol needed to keep kids safe near school

8th April 2014 Help & Advice, Nottingham County Council, Nottingham Evening Post, Stapleford Community Group Tags: 0 Comments

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CHILDREN will be left to cross a busy road alone if a new school crossing warden can’t be found.

A new vacancy for a lollipop lady or man has come up in Hickings Lane and Ryecroft Street, Stapleford.

The paid position is for someone to work Monday to Friday from 8.15am to 8.50am and from 3.30pm to 4.05pm during term time.

Mother of three Karen Mackay, of Ramsey Close, Stapleford, said: “My two eight-year-olds, Adam and Abbi Burton, use the crossing every day and I really hope that there will be a replacement by the time they go back after Easter.

“It is vital that we get one because it is just not safe without one. I think there should be more speed restrictions on the road also.

“The amount of traffic is horrendous, especially in the morning on the way to school. My kids know not to cross the road unless there is a lollipop man, which will be difficult if there isn’t one there.”

School crossing patrols are also needed to cover other areas of the county, including Park Street, in Beeston, and Coddington, near Newark.

Mother of three Eve Bennett, of Central Avenue, Stapleford, said: “I think having a lollipop man or woman is very important.

“Hickings Lane is a very, very busy road and there needs to be one there.

“I work behind a bar but if I didn’t have a job, I would definitely give it a go.”

The ideal candidate for the job will be someone who is enthusiastic and caring and can work as part of a team.

Principal road highway safety officer Zena Oliver, of Notts County Council, said: “School crossing patrols are an integral part of local school communities and provide a valuable service to assist primary children on their journey to and from school.

“Unfortunately, we often struggle to cover sites for long periods when patrols leave or are absent.

“Consequently, there will be no assistance available to cross the road at the vacant site on Hickings Lane until we find a new patrol.

“At some locations, a crossing facility such as a zebra or puffin help make the school journey a safer one.

“But having a person there every day, that the children and parents get to know, makes a big difference and encourages more people to choose to walk to school.”

If you are interested in taking the position or for more information call 0115 977 4373.

Hickings Lane School Crossing Patrol Required

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