Agenda item

Petition: School Crossing Patrols

In accordance with the County Councils’ petitions scheme, to consider the petition seeking the retention of funding for School Crossing Patrols.”

Minutes:

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 meeting. 

 

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. 

 

Mrs Sam Chappell, on behalf of the petitioners outlined the reasons for the petition which included:

 

·       The service played a vital role in keeping children safe.

·       There was a continued growth in the volume of traffic using Staffordshire’s roads.

·       Any savings from the withdrawal of County Council funding for the patrols would be eroded by the costs of providing training for the replacement patrols.

·       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 saved lives.

 

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.

 

RESOLVED -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.

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