Parents hit out over threat to future of lollipop ladies

Halstead Gazette: Parents hit out over threat to future of lollipop ladies Parents hit out over threat to future of lollipop ladies

Parents fear for the safety of children as concerns mount that funding for lollipop ladies could be axed.

School crossing patrols are one of a number of services being reviewed by Essex County Council in a bid to save cash.

Julie Young, Labour group leader, said: “I am concerned to see there may be a threat to the service and I will be fighting very vociferously if there is an attempt to take it away.”

Her concerns have been echoed by mum-of-two Tracey Corke, who claims crossing Trinity Street to get her daughter Kiah to Holy Trinity Primary School can be a challenge, even with a lollipop lady.

A County Hall spokesman said: “Due to the current economic climate and the pressure on local authority budgets we are reviewing the delivery of many aspects of public service delivery, particularly non-statutory services.

“In relation to any changes to the school crossing patrol, no formal decisions have been made."

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