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Cash for top Essex Tories but not lollipop crossings

May 14, 2014 5:19 PM
Originally published by Chelmsford Liberal Democrats

School Crossing PatrolEssex Conservatives will press on with plans to axe school crossing patrols. They say that the 'lollipop' crossings are not needed in some places around Essex, so they can save some cash.

At Tuesday's County Council meeting, the Conservatives voted to give two of their top colleagues extra allowances, to support Cabinet Members.

At the same meeting, the Liberal Democrats at County Hall tabled a motion to keep the School Crossing Patrol officers. They are very worried about the implications for road safety.

Moving the motion, Cllr David Kendall (Brentwood South) said:
"We want to see every school crossing patrol under threat properly risk assessed before any decision is made. The Tories not only ignored this request but some chose to call the motion totally out of order and puerile.

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Without school crossings, is this set to become a familiar site?

"They should focus instead on protecting the lives of young children crossing the road.

"It is not only mean spirited to ask the schools to pay for these patrols, it is actually illegal to spend mainstream school funds on this."