Wandsworth Council voting to scrap school crossing patrols (lollipop men and ladies) tonight.
Tonight, at 7:30pm, a full council meeting at Wandsworth Town Hall will vote on removing funding for all the school crossing patrols (‘lollipop’ men and ladies) across the borough (this decision was originally due to be taken in a smaller committee a week ago, but Labour councillors put a ‘stop’ on the decision to force it to full council).
This means from January 2013 schools will be expected to fund them themselves. But most schools are not allowed to do this with their main funding, and do not have other available funds to pay for this.
At best, schools will have to rely on volunteers and goodwill to provide this vital service. At worst, many schools will simply lose their crossing patrols.
It’s my firm belief that Wandsworth Council, and councillors, have got it completely wrong on this issue. Their first priority should be keeping our children safe – not penny pinching.
Nationally local authorities are cutting funding on road safety – the result has been more people killed and seriously injured on our roads.
We can’t have this happen in Wandsworth – we should be working for improve road safety, not making cuts that remove some of the most effective measures to keep our children safe on local roads.
What can you do?
1. Attend the council meeting tonight at Wandsworth Town Hall (Wandsworth High Street, London, SW18 2PU – map) and show the council you oppose these plans. You won’t be alone. Dozens of parents and teachers have contacted me to tell me they’ll be attending – meet at 7pm at the Town Hall main lobby.
2. Sign the petition on Wandsworth Council’s website again these dangerous cuts.
3. Email your local councillor (you can find their contact detailshere) and ask them to vote against these cuts tonight.Labour councillors will be speaking against these plans tonight.
I have campaigned for more than 7 years as the MP for Tooting to improve road safety around schools – these cuts will undo so much of the progress that has been made in that time, and will make our roads more dangerous. Please take action today to help stop them.