Members were informed
that under the Council’s Petition
Scheme any petition that exceeded 5,000 valid signatures
automatically triggered a debate at the next available Council
A petition had been
received seeking the retention of County Council funding for School
Crossing Patrols. The petition
consisted of an e-petition: “Retain our County Council Funded
Crossing Patrols” and two paper petitions: “I say no to
Lollipop Cuts”; and “Petition to Protect School
Crossing Patrols” with a combined total number of valid
signatures of 5,409.
Chappell, on behalf of the petitioners outlined the reasons
for the petition which included:
played a vital role in keeping children safe.
There was a
continued growth in the volume of traffic using
from the withdrawal of County Council funding for the patrols would
be eroded by the costs of providing training for the replacement
There was a
weight of public opinion opposing the cuts.
Mrs Fisher moved, and
Mrs Woodward seconded: “That the County Council accepts the
petition and conveys thanks to those who took the time to sign it
and to present it to Council. The results of the consultation
exercise and campaigners have been listened to and the original
proposal has not been taken forward.
The County Council hopes that this decision will be welcomed by
members and campaigners alike.”
She added that the
County Council had listened to those persons who had responded to
the consultation and had decided not to pursue with any reductions
in the funding for School Crossing Patrols. She also expressed her
thanks to the 900 residents who had taken part in the consultation
and to the Parish Councils and local businesses which stepped
forward with offers of funding. Mrs
Fisher also extended her thanks to those persons who provided the
school crossing patrols as she understood that this had been a very
unsettling time for them.
Mr Robinson, Mr Clarke,
Mr Flunder, Mr Francis, Mr Dudson and Mr Snape indicated that they
welcomed the Council’s decision not to reduce the funding for
school crossing patrols as this was a highly valued service which
Mrs Atkins paid tribute
to those involved in organising the petitions opposing the
reduction in funding for the school crossing patrols and expressed
the hope that the patrols’ future was now secured.
Mr Philip White
commended Mrs Fisher for the way in which she had handled the
consultation on the school crossing patrol proposals.
Mr Atkins referred to
the role which planning authorities could play in relation to new
housing developments and ensuring developers made adequate
provision for Pelican crossings etc. He also referred to the
importance of walking buses and other such schemes.
Mrs Fisher concluded
the debate by thanking Mrs Chappell for attending the meeting and
confirmed that there were currently no plans to review the funding
of the school crossing patrol service again.
-That the County Council accepts the petition and conveys thanks
to those who took the time to sign it and to present it to Council.
The results of the consultation exercise and campaigners have been
listened to and the original proposal has not been taken
forward. The County Council hopes that
this decision will be welcomed by members and campaigners