School crossings ‘to be retained in Clevedon’

Baseline assessments have now been scrapped by the Government.

Baseline assessments have now been scrapped by the Government. - Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Two school crossings could remain in Clevedon for the next year despite funding cuts by North Somerset Council.

The district authority will axe funding for 26 sites at the end of the academic year – a move which will save about £34,000 – instead asking community groups and businesses to pay for patrols.

Each crossing would cost £4,400 for the first year – including recruitment, equipment and training – but would decrease to £3,400 each year afterwards.

However, Clevedon Town Council’s transport and highways committee has moved to save crossing patrols in Old Street and Chapel Hill by offering to fund their running for 12 months.

There was some concern about only two crossings being funded but town council chairman Jane Geldart said St Nicholas Chantry Primary School in Highdale Avenue is the only one to have expressed concern over the cuts.

She said: “We will really miss the Old Street crossing when that goes, plus Chapel Hill which is still a really terrible place. If the council was to fund the crossings for the next 12 months it would give us time to talk to businesses, schools and parent’s associations and think about how we move forward.

“It would be really appreciated within the town.”

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The town council had proposed to fund the Chapel Hill crossing for the rest of the academic year but this was declined by North Somerset Council.

Peter Treasure-Smith, headteacher of St Nicholas’, said: “We are very concerned about the possibility of losing the crossing so we are looking at ways of funding it. Anything to keep it going would be most welcome.”

The school is urging people to vote for it in the Churchill Lollipopper Fund. The five schools with the highest number of votes in the South West will receive funding.

The committee’s proposal will be put to the full council on June 22.