Plea for funding for school crossing patrol at Bournville Primary

PUBLISHED: 07:00 07 June 2017 | UPDATED: 07:27 07 June 2017

Parents and pupils petitioning to retain Bournville Primary School's crossing patrol last year.

Parents and pupils petitioning to retain Bournville Primary School's crossing patrol last year.

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Bournville Primary School has launched a ‘desperate’ appeal for help after funding for a school crossing patrol came to an end.

Council cuts resulted in the school, in Selworthy Road, being without a school crossing patrol.

Parents launched a petition last year to try to get the decision reversed, but to no avail. Since then, the school put in a bid to receive funding from Churchill Insurance.

This was successful and over the past year the school has had a patrol to make sure children arrive at school safely.

However, this funding has now run out and a school spokesman told the Mercury Bournville is ‘desperately’ seeking alternative funding.

The spokesman said: “Sadly, this funding is now coming to an end and with no money available to fund the post, the school will be left without a school crossing patrol

“We would really like the service to continue – we are on a very busy road and the children and parents benefit greatly from having our lollipop lady present to help them.”

“The school is now desperately looking for a lollipop sponsor to enable them to continue this provision – an essential part of keeping children and families safe at the start and the end of every school day.”

The reason the funding was originally cut was due to North Somerset Council having to make £8.5million of savings.

A spokesman for the council previously said: “A new service, which is looking for financial support from local businesses alongside schools and town and parish councils, could enable local communities to pay for patrols both in areas designated to qualify for a school crossing patrol as well as on other sites where the parents, schools or other local groups feel there is a need.”

If you are able to help provide a service, or know anyone who can, contact Karen at the school by emailing karen.romano@bournville.org or phone 01934 427130.


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