Anger as council says 'Stop' to crossing patrols
2:20pm Thursday 24th October 2013 in News
Gorslas community councillors have expressed concern over road safety outside a Gwendraeth valley primary school after it emerged there were no plans to replace the departing “lollipop man”.
At the council’s October meeting, Councillor Simon Martin told colleagues he had been shocked to learn there would be no crossing guard at Ysgol Cefneithin in future.
“Once the current lollipop person leaves the county council will not replace him,” said Cllr Martin.
“It is a disgraceful situation.”
Cllr Darren Price was equally concerned.
“This is very worrying,” he said. “Surely it is a matter of health and safety.”
A spokesman for Carmarthenshire county council said that all school crossings were assessed against national criteria when posts became vacant to test whether they “justify the provision of a patrol”.
“This assessment was carried out at Cefneithin where the recorded value fell well below the level needed to maintain a patrol following Welsh Government guidelines,” the spokesman said.
“This is normal practice and not part of any cost-cutting programme.”
The spokesman also confirmed that the provision of crossing guards outside schools was “non-statutory” meaning local authorities had no legal obligation to appoint a guard.
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