Parents' anger after lollipop man is axed at Eastleigh school crossing

Daily Echo: The road outside The Crescent Primary School. The road outside The Crescent Primary School.

FURIOUS parents are demanding action after a lollipop man was axed from their children’s school.

Pupils as young as four-yearsold will have to cross the busy road alone when they returned to class this week.

Mick Brown retired from his role of crossing patrol for The Crescent Primary School in Toynbee Road, pictured above, Eastleigh at the end of term.

But Hampshire County Council will not replace the lollipop man who has been stopping cars and lorries outside the school for five years.

Parents were sent a letter this week telling them that the decision was taken after a council worker monitored the road for one hour in November but they say this is not long enough.

The school is currently expanding by 30 per cent, and parents say that with more children in classes there is an increased need for a crossing patrol and losing the service would mean putting children’s lives at risk.

The Crescent Primary School currently teaches 400 four to 11- year-olds but over the next few years it will grow from two classes in each year group to three.

The school shares the road with the Hovis factory and Jewson builders merchants and their lorries travel to and fro all day and emergency vehicles from the police station also regularly use the road.

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Frances Jacobs, 30, a mum-offour from Toynbee Road said: “If it comes to it, the morning they go back I’ll stand out here myself in a high visibility jacket and help the children cross.

“I’m extremely angry and disappointed. I feel that the council have made the decision mainly on the size of their budget. They’re putting children at risk.

“I can’t see how they can make that decision based on watching the road for just one hour in the morning.

“Living on this road I just know how bad it is. Some of the lorries come flying down here and it’s too fast for a small road with a school, and it’s not just the lorries.”

H a m p s h i r e County Council Eastleigh councillor Andy Moore, said: “The only people who will suffer are the children, so we have got to get it back as soon as possible.

“The county council is responsible for that and the leader of the council said there would be no frontline service cuts. I’m appalled because I would call that a frontline service.

“I’m annoyed, but I will do everything I can to make a case to save the lollipop man and protect that service.”

The council say that they came to the decision after surveying the road during rush hour, but the level of traffic did not meet national guidelines for when crossing patrol is needed.

Cllr Sean Woodward, executive member for economy, transport and environment, said: “A decision was made not to recruit when the incumbent crossing patrol retired, after a detailed and careful review of this site.

“This showed that it fell far short of the national criteria used to ensure crossing patrols are placed where they are needed most, so we were unable to recruit.”

Head teacher Ben Dixon, said: “While I am disappointed that the local council will not be replacing Mr Brown, I will be working with the local authority to ensure that children continue to travel to school safely. The pupils’ safety coming to and from school is of paramount importance to us.”

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12:27pm Wed 8 Jan 14

minnie64 says...

Pupils as young as four will have to cross alone!!! Surely you wouldn't let a child of that age walk to school alone anyway !!!
Pupils as young as four will have to cross alone!!! Surely you wouldn't let a child of that age walk to school alone anyway !!! minnie64
  • Score: 14

12:42pm Wed 8 Jan 14

CHEESYPUFFS says...

minnie64 wrote:
Pupils as young as four will have to cross alone!!! Surely you wouldn't let a child of that age walk to school alone anyway !!!
I was going to say exactly the same!!
[quote][p][bold]minnie64[/bold] wrote: Pupils as young as four will have to cross alone!!! Surely you wouldn't let a child of that age walk to school alone anyway !!![/p][/quote]I was going to say exactly the same!! CHEESYPUFFS
  • Score: 8

1:07pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Mary80 says...

If its a dangerous road as they claim why let them walk across it ALONE?
If its a dangerous road as they claim why let them walk across it ALONE? Mary80
  • Score: 4

1:17pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Irate Wintonian says...

Theres a light controlled pedestrian crossing < 100 yds either side anyway!
Theres a light controlled pedestrian crossing < 100 yds either side anyway! Irate Wintonian
  • Score: 0

2:20pm Wed 8 Jan 14

CarlyKin says...

St Monica Junior and Infants in Sholing have not had a lollipop person on Kathleen Road and South East Road by Co-Op all year. They are both very busy roads and it is extremely frightening everyday trying to cross them. It appears to be a major issue for local councils to find staff to cover these roles. Something has to be done.
St Monica Junior and Infants in Sholing have not had a lollipop person on Kathleen Road and South East Road by Co-Op all year. They are both very busy roads and it is extremely frightening everyday trying to cross them. It appears to be a major issue for local councils to find staff to cover these roles. Something has to be done. CarlyKin
  • Score: 3

3:30pm Wed 8 Jan 14

localnews says...

Irate Wintonian wrote:
Theres a light controlled pedestrian crossing &lt; 100 yds either side anyway!
Wrong......there is no light controlled crossing in Toynbee road
[quote][p][bold]Irate Wintonian[/bold] wrote: Theres a light controlled pedestrian crossing < 100 yds either side anyway![/p][/quote]Wrong......there is no light controlled crossing in Toynbee road localnews
  • Score: 4

3:57pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Irate Wintonian says...

localnews wrote:
Irate Wintonian wrote: Theres a light controlled pedestrian crossing &lt; 100 yds either side anyway!
Wrong......there is no light controlled crossing in Toynbee road
I didn't say there was. But there is on Leigh Road either side of Toynbee Road. If you cross at the pelican crossing at Nutbeem Road, there is no need to cross Toynbee Road at all as you will already be on the side of the school entrance! Why employ a lollipop person just because people are too lazy to walk an extra 100-150 yds?

There is also a zebra crossing outside the co-op and you can access the school through the back gate via Causton Gardens.

Just how many safe options do people need?
[quote][p][bold]localnews[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Irate Wintonian[/bold] wrote: Theres a light controlled pedestrian crossing < 100 yds either side anyway![/p][/quote]Wrong......there is no light controlled crossing in Toynbee road[/p][/quote]I didn't say there was. But there is on Leigh Road either side of Toynbee Road. If you cross at the pelican crossing at Nutbeem Road, there is no need to cross Toynbee Road at all as you will already be on the side of the school entrance! Why employ a lollipop person just because people are too lazy to walk an extra 100-150 yds? There is also a zebra crossing outside the co-op and you can access the school through the back gate via Causton Gardens. Just how many safe options do people need? Irate Wintonian
  • Score: 0

4:10pm Wed 8 Jan 14

chimneysweep 1234 says...

Council are terrible what do they won't a young death .....well council your a discrace every school needs a lolly pop patrols ..council ..be ashamed of your self esteem. ..parents get together take it in turns to provide your own as volunteers maybe
Council are terrible what do they won't a young death .....well council your a discrace every school needs a lolly pop patrols ..council ..be ashamed of your self esteem. ..parents get together take it in turns to provide your own as volunteers maybe chimneysweep 1234
  • Score: -4

8:20pm Wed 8 Jan 14

jane75 says...

My children's school need traffic police more than a lollipop man as some parents are very inconsiderate with parking on yellow lines, double parking and parking across residents drives just because they are too lazy to park down the road instead they cause a hazard right outside the school gates.
My children's school need traffic police more than a lollipop man as some parents are very inconsiderate with parking on yellow lines, double parking and parking across residents drives just because they are too lazy to park down the road instead they cause a hazard right outside the school gates. jane75
  • Score: 5

11:29am Thu 9 Jan 14

georgemiller89 says...

Irate Wintonian wrote:
localnews wrote:
Irate Wintonian wrote: Theres a light controlled pedestrian crossing &lt; 100 yds either side anyway!
Wrong......there is no light controlled crossing in Toynbee road
I didn't say there was. But there is on Leigh Road either side of Toynbee Road. If you cross at the pelican crossing at Nutbeem Road, there is no need to cross Toynbee Road at all as you will already be on the side of the school entrance! Why employ a lollipop person just because people are too lazy to walk an extra 100-150 yds?

There is also a zebra crossing outside the co-op and you can access the school through the back gate via Causton Gardens.

Just how many safe options do people need?
The lollipop man helped those crossing and walking down Toynbee Road, towards Archers/Bellevue/New
town Roads etc = the opposite direction to where these three crossings you've listed are located.
[quote][p][bold]Irate Wintonian[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]localnews[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Irate Wintonian[/bold] wrote: Theres a light controlled pedestrian crossing < 100 yds either side anyway![/p][/quote]Wrong......there is no light controlled crossing in Toynbee road[/p][/quote]I didn't say there was. But there is on Leigh Road either side of Toynbee Road. If you cross at the pelican crossing at Nutbeem Road, there is no need to cross Toynbee Road at all as you will already be on the side of the school entrance! Why employ a lollipop person just because people are too lazy to walk an extra 100-150 yds? There is also a zebra crossing outside the co-op and you can access the school through the back gate via Causton Gardens. Just how many safe options do people need?[/p][/quote]The lollipop man helped those crossing and walking down Toynbee Road, towards Archers/Bellevue/New town Roads etc = the opposite direction to where these three crossings you've listed are located. georgemiller89
  • Score: 1

3:27pm Thu 9 Jan 14

fran25 says...

For parents that don't live the other side of Leigh road they have to cross Toynbee road!!! Of course 4 year olds don't cross the road alone. Idiot!! Fact is they surveyed a side road in 30 minutes 45 children used the crossing and 99 cars drove past. The criteria is 15 children and 250 cars!! For a side road. Ridiculous! Negative comments must come from the conservatives among you. If you saw how busy it was and how many lorries pass you would be supportive!
For parents that don't live the other side of Leigh road they have to cross Toynbee road!!! Of course 4 year olds don't cross the road alone. Idiot!! Fact is they surveyed a side road in 30 minutes 45 children used the crossing and 99 cars drove past. The criteria is 15 children and 250 cars!! For a side road. Ridiculous! Negative comments must come from the conservatives among you. If you saw how busy it was and how many lorries pass you would be supportive! fran25
  • Score: 1

3:32pm Thu 9 Jan 14

fran25 says...

If you would like to see a video of the day the reporter came to see me, then find me on Facebook and I will send it to you. Traffic Chaos!!! Frances Jacobs.
If you would like to see a video of the day the reporter came to see me, then find me on Facebook and I will send it to you. Traffic Chaos!!! Frances Jacobs. fran25
  • Score: 2

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