20 school crossings set to be axed in Bromley from March
PUBLISHED: 17:03 10 January 2012 | UPDATED: 17:25 10 January 2012
Only 28 out of 48 schools have agreed to pay for their own crossing patrols after the council axed their funding.
Bromley Council’s £233,000 cut to lollipop funding is set to bite in March meaning 20 could disappear throughout the borough.
The council pans to train, equip and insure school crossing but expects schools to fund salaries.
Executive Councillor for Environment Councillor Colin Smith, said: “We are extremely heartened and grateful that so many schools have agreed to join with us in partnership and help fund and preserve this service as best we can between us. We have listened very carefully over the months to lollipop people themselves, head teachers, parents and resident associations as well as views expressed at the borough’s four public consultation meeting prior to Christmas and we are now in touching distance of a sustainable solution. I can also announce my intention to recommend diverting most of the limited discretionary funding made available to us from Transport for London’s annual grant, to further supplement the Council’s existing ‘in kind’ contribution potentially reducing schools financial exposure up to £2,000 per patrol.
“The council is continuing to work closely with those schools who haven’t signed up and whose patrols are set to disappear at the end of March to determine whether engineering solutions, sponsorship or a volunteer scheme could serve as helpful suitable alternatives.”