Crossing patrols face axe

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Lollipop men and women at three Ilkeston schools could be axed under proposals by Derbyshire County Council.

If the plans go ahead it would see the authority scrap the crossing schemes which aid children on their way to Cotmanhay Infants and Junior School, Charlotte Infant and Nursery School and Granby Junior School.

The current lollipop schemes include Charlotte Street in Cotmanhay and are based at zebra crossings.

It is one of 36 sites in the county where lollipop ladies could be scrapped.

When it announced the proposals last year, Derbyshire County Council said it was considering removing all crossing patrols.

However, it has found funding which means it will be able to keep them at 93 locations.

The council – which needs to save £157 million by 2018 – is expected to approve a 12-week consultation with members of the public and staff on the controversial plans at a meeting next week.

Parent Danielle Westerman told the Tiser: “My son goes to Charlotte Infant School. I don’t think they should get rid of the lollipop man, the roads are dangerous already with drivers speeding up Charlotte Street.”

Helen Morton said: “There hasn’t been a lollipop man on the Heanor Road crossing for years. But it’s not good putting kids’ lives at risk because of money.

“Granby Junior School is situated on two very busy roads . It’s terrible, every week you see cars going through the lights on red.”

The headteachers from the schools were not available for comment.

Councillor Dean Collins, the council’s cabinet member for highways, transport and infrastructure, said: “We’ll consult with families, school children, schools and the public later in the year before any decisions are made.”