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.

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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.

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