In last week’s Express and Echo there was an article concerning the plight of school crossing patrols across Devon. We lost our crossing patrol on Sydney Road some time ago now and as a parent that has to cross that road every day
I am worried, every day, that there is an accident waiting to happen. Cars cut through at speed to avoid Exe bridges. There are no road markings restricting parking so you often have to step out into the road to see around vehicles and there is inadequate signage about the fact there is a school there at all or an indication of the speed limit.
Despite petitions, demonstrations and campaigns to stop the cut of funding to this vital service and the recent consultation that our school took part in, it appears that this will go ahead. The council are proposing that crossing patrols will now be employed by the school which will obviously have an impact on the school budget, or, they are suggesting that volunteers could run it. From a community point of view this is a great idea and I imagine that some of you would be happy to do it, but with the best possible intentions that is a huge responsibility that we as a school would not want to put on our parents.
There is a further debate of the service on Monday 7th March, if you have something to say on this subject please come and talk to myself or email Councillor John Hart who is leading the recommendation to approve the budget and therefore the cuts and Councillor Alan Connett who is backing the Heart to Hart crossing patrol campaign directly.
Katherine Longworth – Parent Governor