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Peel Park Primary School in appeal over crossing patrol

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Parents at a Bradford school say their calls for a crossing patrol to help children negotiate a busy road are stuck in limbo because of a Council review of the service – which has so fast lasted more than a year.

The majority of pupils attending Peel Park Primary School enter and exit the school through a gate on the A658 Otley Road.

The gate opened in September, and ever since staff and parents have been asking Bradford Council to provide a crossing patrol on the busy street.

But they have been told it will not be able to provide one until the review into the school crossing patrol service is completed.

Parents are now so desperate for action that they contacted ward Councillor Tracey Leeming for help, and set up a petition calling for a lollipop man or woman to be hired as soon as possible.

During a half hour spell outside the school they collected the names of almost 90 parents supporting the petition.

Peel Park head teacher Lloyd Mason Edwards said he is now in the process of finding a way to provide a crossing service, but would be doing so without any guarantee that the Council will come up with the funding.

Coun Leeming (Lib Dem, Bolton & Undercliffe) said: “The school is stuck where nothing is happening. This is one of the main arterial routes into the city.

“I asked about this at a full Council meeting in February and I expected something to have happened by now.

“We need to know what is going on with this review, because it doesn’t just affect this school – I know others schools are asking similar questions.”

Mr Mason Edwards said: “We can’t just wait, there is no price for children’s safety so we are doing something about it as soon as possible. We’re trying to get a lollipop man or woman, but I don’t know if we’ll get any funding for it.”

He said the school had already paid £12,500 to fund two road safety signs near the new entrance.

Yasmin Saleem, who has three children at the school, was one of the parents who organised the petition.

She said: “It is really dangerous, and the road can be difficult to cross when a lot of cars don’t stop for children.

“Something needs to be done about this. This is something the Council shouldn’t be putting a price on. I think we should eventually have a zebra crossing here.”

Councillor Ralph Berry, the executive member for children’s services on the Council, said: “School crossing patrols are a matter we are urgently looking into, and it has to be linked into issues with recruiting people for these positions so the coverage matches what is being asked for.”

He said he would pursue the progress of the review.

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8:30am Sun 6 Apr 14

Joedavid says...

To me it is the new gate that is the cause of the problem.
How did they exit and cross before?
To me it is the new gate that is the cause of the problem. How did they exit and cross before? Joedavid
  • Score: 5

11:07am Sun 6 Apr 14

yezboss says...

Whats wrong by asking the police to help, always used to do it even when SCP were invented as they could not always be relied upon. Plenty of PCSO's walking about doing not much, the only problem is they do not have the powers to control traffic (unless assisting a constable and they may be if 'properly arranged' i.e. PC/SC detailed to do it but 'otherwise engaged') even Spec Constables have powers they may be able to help. Perhaps swear the PCSO's in as SC? That would give them full powers or just give them a pole and sign and uniform to wear..
Whats wrong by asking the police to help, always used to do it even when SCP were invented as they could not always be relied upon. Plenty of PCSO's walking about doing not much, the only problem is they do not have the powers to control traffic (unless assisting a constable and they may be if 'properly arranged' i.e. PC/SC detailed to do it but 'otherwise engaged') even Spec Constables have powers they may be able to help. Perhaps swear the PCSO's in as SC? That would give them full powers or just give them a pole and sign and uniform to wear.. yezboss
  • Score: 3

1:08pm Sun 6 Apr 14

The Hoffster says...

Looks like the parents in that vid. couldn't care less about their kids running all over the place.

What a bunch of idiots.
Looks like the parents in that vid. couldn't care less about their kids running all over the place. What a bunch of idiots. The Hoffster
  • Score: -1

4:34pm Sun 6 Apr 14

Ratters Rat says...

Simple solution instead of moaning use school staff and bollards. Encourage parents to organise walking buses instead of using cars. A few lesson for parents on the dangers of parking near schools. The fire service do a brilliant display that they take round to schools showing what happens when you don't wear a seat belt and how they extract people from cars in an accident if all else fails name and shame the parent's.
Some simple solutions hardly rocket science.
Simple solution instead of moaning use school staff and bollards. Encourage parents to organise walking buses instead of using cars. A few lesson for parents on the dangers of parking near schools. The fire service do a brilliant display that they take round to schools showing what happens when you don't wear a seat belt and how they extract people from cars in an accident if all else fails name and shame the parent's. Some simple solutions hardly rocket science. Ratters Rat
  • Score: 5

5:37pm Sun 6 Apr 14

RollandSmoke says...

Teach the children that road users are inconsiderate idiots who don't pay attention to what goes on around them and who consider a 30 second delay in their journey time as more important than any child's safety. Teach them to hate and despise drivers. Teach them that drivers are murdering scum. Teach them to inform on friends and family who may or may not have committed any driving offences. The green cross code can't save these poor children from these psychopaths. Enrage those children and fill their hearts with anger. That's the way to get things done. Just ask any daily mail reader or any of the numerous right wing shills on here. You kids must rise up against these threats to your very existence, people are trying to kill you. Strike first!.
Teach the children that road users are inconsiderate idiots who don't pay attention to what goes on around them and who consider a 30 second delay in their journey time as more important than any child's safety. Teach them to hate and despise drivers. Teach them that drivers are murdering scum. Teach them to inform on friends and family who may or may not have committed any driving offences. The green cross code can't save these poor children from these psychopaths. Enrage those children and fill their hearts with anger. That's the way to get things done. Just ask any daily mail reader or any of the numerous right wing shills on here. You kids must rise up against these threats to your very existence, people are trying to kill you. Strike first!. RollandSmoke
  • Score: -6

7:00pm Sun 6 Apr 14

Colin Allcars says...

What happened to the old Undercliffe school on the cemetery side of Otley Road? Could the mega sized infant school on Killinghall road not lend them one of their mini buses?
What happened to the old Undercliffe school on the cemetery side of Otley Road? Could the mega sized infant school on Killinghall road not lend them one of their mini buses? Colin Allcars
  • Score: 1

7:36am Mon 7 Apr 14

bd7 helper says...

Get PCSO's to patrol school's during school times simple!!!
Parents won't park on yellow lines?
Feel safe to walk to school
Get PCSO's to patrol school's during school times simple!!! Parents won't park on yellow lines? Feel safe to walk to school bd7 helper
  • Score: 3

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