Search

Threatened Barking and Dagenham lollipop patrols to continue until at least September

PUBLISHED: 08:22 21 March 2016 | UPDATED: 09:16 22 March 2016

Parents and lollipop men/ladies are campaigning to keep their crossings after they were told they would completely cease to exist from next year.

Parents and lollipop men/ladies are campaigning to keep their crossings after they were told they would completely cease to exist from next year.

Archant

The future of lollipop patrols is a step closer to being secured after 11 of the threatened sites were saved – at least until this summer.

Patrollers outside 25 school crossings in Barking and Dagenham were fearing for their livelihoods after the council announced it might have to end the £165,000 service, with 11 employees due to be removed from Easter.

But after the campaign featured in the Post, lollipop employees received a letter from the council saying that, for now, those crossings will stay. They also promised to help consider ways that the funding could be secured.

“The initial proposal outlined in the documentation and at the meeting was for 11 sites to be removed from 1 April 2016,” the letter reads.

“However, due to suggestions received I can confirm that the proposed changes have been put on hold pending further investigation.”

External funding or sponsorship is being explored, as well as the option of removing the lunchtime, and reducing the morning or afternoon service.

All those who had requested voluntary redundancy have been told that this will be put on hold, until a further decision is made in August.

How do you think the lollipop service can be saved? Email phoebe.cooke@archant.co.uk to have your say.


If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Barking and Dagenham Post. Click the link in the orange box above for details.

Related articles

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Latest from the Barking and Dagenham Post