School Crossing Patrols were on the agenda for the recent Environment scrutiny committee. You may recall that Cllr Colin Smith had previously announced that all council funding, £233,000 in all, for school crossing patrols would be cut.
A strong campaign of parents, schools and Labour councillors argued against this cut. Well, the campaigning has had some effect. Cllr Smith has found an under spend of £125,000 in another budget. He has proposed that this amount is distributed as £2,000 to each school that currently has a crossing patrol, leaving the school to find a further £2000.
At present, this arrangement is for one year only but it does allow for further investigation and we are grateful for that. Three local schools (Alexandra Infants, Alexandra Juniors and Royston Primary) have patrols at present and each has told us that they will be finding the £2000 so they can keep their crossing patrols.