Crossing patrols to be axed in Torfaen

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THE number of school crossing patrols in Torfaen will be cut, the council’s cabinet decided on Tuesday.

Following the review process, 19 of the 40 sites in Torfaen were found to meet the national criteria set out by Road Safety GB and will remain.

But 21 school crossing patrols will be lost and none of the 17 lunchtime operations in the borough will remain.

Those to be removed are: Ponthir Church in Wales Primary, Caerleon Road; Victoria Primary, Cwmavon Road; Victoria Primary, Lower Harper’s Road; Croesyceiliog Primary, Edlogan Way; Croesyceiliog Primary, The Highway; Pontnewynydd Primary, Limekiln Road; Pontnewynydd Primary, Leigh Road; Cwmffrwdoer Primary, Waunddu; Cwmffrwdoer Primary, Chapel Road; Cwmffrwdoer Primary, Zion Hill; George Street Primary, Fowler Street; Pontnewydd Primary, Maendy Way; Maendy Primary, Porthmawr Road; Our Lady of the Angels RC Primary, Commercial Street; Garnteg Primary, Hillcrest; Pontymoile Primary, Blaendare Road; Blenheim Road Community Primary, Fairhill Zebra Crossing; Croesyceiliog Primary, The Highway; George St Primary, Penywain Road; George Street Primary, Osborne Road, and Kemys Fawr Infants, Elm Grove.

The review was carried out in-line with the School Crossing Patrol Service Guidelines produced by Road Safety GB.

It is estimated the changes will save the authority around £65,000 a year.

The executive member for neighbourhood services, Councillor John Cunningham, said: “Travel habits have changed in the 18 years since our current crossing patrol service was established, and some sites have seen a big decline in the numbers using them.

“Other crossing points have benefitted from improvements to layout and infrastructure, making them safer for children to cross the road, and more than £3 million has been invested in creating safer walking routes across Torfaen in the last seven years.”

The review measured the number of pedestrians and the volume of traffic at each site among other factors to determine whether a crossing patrol was justified.

Ten of the forty sites have been vacant due to a lack of applicants and the council is working with employees affected to explore redeployment opportunities.

A full list of the changes can be found on the Torfaen council website: torfaen.gov.uk

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10:41am Thu 8 May 14

Crossbenchtory says...

So the Labour council in Torfaen have decided that a child's life is worth £65,000?!?

Living about 200 yards from one of these schools that is to loose it's crossing patrols I can say, with a reasonable amount of certainty, that the sheer volume of traffic around school opening and closing times means that it is only a matter of time before a child is knocked down by a car. Is this really worth £65,000??

Torfaen's Labour councillors have repeatedly refused to reduce either the amount they, and they're functionaries, are paid or the amount of beauraucratic waste they indulge in, both of which could easily save the said £65,000, yet they are more than happy to risk the safety of our children.

One can only hope that the voters of Torfaen remember this come election time.
So the Labour council in Torfaen have decided that a child's life is worth £65,000?!? Living about 200 yards from one of these schools that is to loose it's crossing patrols I can say, with a reasonable amount of certainty, that the sheer volume of traffic around school opening and closing times means that it is only a matter of time before a child is knocked down by a car. Is this really worth £65,000?? Torfaen's Labour councillors have repeatedly refused to reduce either the amount they, and they're functionaries, are paid or the amount of beauraucratic waste they indulge in, both of which could easily save the said £65,000, yet they are more than happy to risk the safety of our children. One can only hope that the voters of Torfaen remember this come election time. Crossbenchtory
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5:30pm Thu 8 May 14

richie55 says...

This is just wrong!
This is just wrong! richie55
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10:58pm Thu 8 May 14

displayed says...

So whos gonna protect the children from then car/van, truck and motorcyle users.......
So whos gonna protect the children from then car/van, truck and motorcyle users....... displayed
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7:45am Fri 9 May 14

brainfreeze says...

Judging by the primary school near me 95% of the kids get dropped off by car anyway so it's the right decision.

The crossing bloke spends most of him time trying to chat up the fat mothers or on his phone
Judging by the primary school near me 95% of the kids get dropped off by car anyway so it's the right decision. The crossing bloke spends most of him time trying to chat up the fat mothers or on his phone brainfreeze
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10:17am Sun 11 May 14

Magor says...

Why do we need them on pelican crossings? They stop the cars then the crossing goes to red and you end up with a massive jam.
Why do we need them on pelican crossings? They stop the cars then the crossing goes to red and you end up with a massive jam. Magor
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10:34am Sun 11 May 14

Crossbenchtory says...

Magor wrote:
Why do we need them on pelican crossings? They stop the cars then the crossing goes to red and you end up with a massive jam.
Magor

I can see what you are saying and agree that there is definitely some sense and rationality in what you say. I have also been the "victim" of over zealous Lollipop Ladies when waiting in my car at Pelican Crossings.

Having said that, I would submit that a more rational approach would be to instruct the offending Lollipop Ladies to monitor, and insure the correct use of, Pelican Crossings by children.
[quote][p][bold]Magor[/bold] wrote: Why do we need them on pelican crossings? They stop the cars then the crossing goes to red and you end up with a massive jam.[/p][/quote]Magor I can see what you are saying and agree that there is definitely some sense and rationality in what you say. I have also been the "victim" of over zealous Lollipop Ladies when waiting in my car at Pelican Crossings. Having said that, I would submit that a more rational approach would be to instruct the offending Lollipop Ladies to monitor, and insure the correct use of, Pelican Crossings by children. Crossbenchtory
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