Following reports in the wirral globe of a petition to save the lollipop man stationed at the Allport crossroads I have been inundated with enquiries from concerned residents about what is happening to our crossing patrols in Eastham.
I have subsequently had a long discussion with the directorate responsible for enforcing the decision made by Wirral’s Labour cabinet to ‘reduce costs’.
There are three considerations to take into account:
- Is there any other means for crossing at that point. (IE Pelican crossing etc)
- Is there anyone to take the post.(some posts have been vacant for several years)
- What is the best way to deploy those we have.
In Eastham the crossing patrol points and the intentions are as follows :
- Outside Mendell school on Allport lane will be discontinued (it has a pelican crossing)
- Allport Road crossroads will be discontinued. (traffic lights and pelican crossing)
- Bridle Road/Heygarth Road crossroads to be kept.
- Outside Heygarth school to be kept.
- Heygarth/Plymyard to be kept (current vacancy to be filled)
- Allport/Raeburn will be discontinued (it has a pelican crossing)
- Plymyard/Eastham Rake will be discontinued (it has a pelican crossing)
- Glenburn/Eastham Rake to be kept (current vacancy to be filled)
It is intended to remove patrols from crossing with an alternative to either maintain or fill vacancies where no alternative exists.
One example is to move the patrol from the Allport crossroads where there are traffic lights and pushbutton crossings to ensure Bridle/Heygarth crossroads is manned where none exist.
I have been informed that the ‘total’ cost of supplying one crossing guard (which includes salary, insurance, uniform and equipment etc) is £4,600 per year and if a school like Mendell wishes to pay the cost then that position ‘may’ be considered.
I have to wonder what price this Labour administration places on the safety of our children when they are willing to save such paltry amounts from such important posts.
They can, however, spend thousands on refurbishments to offices, a new spin doctor at £45,000 pa for the Labour leader, not to mention the hundreds of thousands spent on consultants, retirement packages or redundancy agreements for those at the top.