Herne Hill school protest over cuts to School Crossing Patrols

Posted: February 11, 2011 by lambethsaveourservices in Cutswatch, Demonstrate, Rally & Occupy!, Labour Party

Over 100 people have staged a sit-down protest in Herne Hill against the council’s plans to scrap school crossing patrols.

The council have been sending mixed messages on the future of the service. They announced they will be sacking all of the borough’s School Crossing Patrols, saying schools will instead be given a “risk assessment” and information packs.  Following community and trade union pressure the council backed, down telling trade unions that there had been ‘a misunderstanding’ and that school crossings would remain. This was contradicted the following day by managers at the council claiming the patrols could still be cut and the staff should expect to be made redundant. This statement was retracted the same day, by council officers, claiming another misunderstanding!

Confused? So are we. It  seems the council line on the future school crossing patrols will change from hour to hour and which councillor or council officer is asked . Given that there were almost 1,200 accidents on Lambeth’s roads last year (the third highest in London) we must fight for the council to clear up these ‘misunderstandings’ once and for all and  guarantee the continuation of a service which saves lives on our roads.

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