School crossing patrol will be paid for by parish council for another year

The crossing will continue in Backwell.

The crossing will continue in Backwell. - Credit: Archant

A parish council will continue paying for a school crossing patrol.

North Somerset Council announced it was axing funding for its lollipop people in 2015 to try to save £34,000 a year.

It made it a traded service, which meant schools, businesses or sponsors had to come forward to pay for the patrols.

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Backwell Parish Council decided to pay for a school crossing patrol outside the junior school, in Church Lane, in April 2016.

It said a year ago how the loss of lollipop people would lead to increased danger on the road for children.

The council agreed at its meeting last week to fund the service for another year, at a cost of £3,400.

Chairman Bob Taylor said: “We were the first to do it (pay for school crossing patrol).

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“All over the place, villages are doing it.”

The authority may pay for a uniform which will show the service is sponsored by the council.