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Weeks left to save lollipop patrols in Barking and Dagenham

PUBLISHED: 16:47 07 March 2017 | UPDATED: 16:48 07 March 2017

Time is running out for businesses and schools to come forward to sponsor the endangered service.

Time is running out for businesses and schools to come forward to sponsor the endangered service.

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Time is fast running out for sponsors to rescue the endangered lollipop service.

Twenty-one primary schools across Barking and Dagenham will lose their crossing patrols by the end of the month if businesses or schools don’t step in.

Lollipop lady Marie Douglas said it was the “worst” time for the £165,000-a-year service to end.

The Five Elms Primary School, Dagenham, patrol won sponsorship from a TEB Builders Ltd in Hornchurch to continue for a year after her role was axed, but now faces redundancy like her colleagues.

“I just love the job, it makes me smile every day,” admitted the mum-of-three. “The training does work for the children, they keep that road safety awareness for life.

“This is 2017, there’s never been more cars on the road. Now is the worst time ever to end the service.”

Cllr Saima Ashraf, cabinet member for community leadership and engagement, said: “We want to hear from schools and local businesses willing to fund school crossing patrols as well as any volunteers who would like to take on the role.

“We took the original decision to remove the service two years ago but we have tried to hold off and look for private businesses to fund it but unfortunately we’ve had little response so far.

“There is little time left but if any organisation wants to support the local lollipop service there’s still time – just about.”

Businesses or groups who are willing to make a contribution or fund an individual patrol can email highways@lbbd.dov.uk


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