School crossing proposals passed

PUBLISHED: 14:00 16 June 2012

The number of operated school crossing patrols will drop to 26

The number of operated school crossing patrols will drop to 26

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THE number of school crossing patrols in North Somerset will be cut to 26 after councillors rubber-stamped the move.

The plan means 15 patrols currently run by North Somerset Council will be scrapped in September, although the authority says 11 of those sites are currently vacant.

A crossing patrol at Gerard Road in Weston, near to Christ Church Primary School, and one in Yatton High Street near to the village’s primary school will be cut.

A report by officers from the council’s children and young people’s services department said the move would save the authority £31,898 by 2014, with the average annual cost of running a patrol £2,100 annually.

Councillors at the authority’s children and young people’s services policy and scrutiny panel approved the plans at a meeting on Thursday.

A public comments period will now be initiated until August 31.

The staff working at the four sites to be cut will be redeployed to other sites.

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