Schools across Tooting and Wandsworth have been sent a letter by Wandsworth Council telling them to cough up funding for school crossing patrols, or lose them from January 2013.
In the letter to local schools, council officers give a deadline of 21st September to confirm whether or not the school is able to fund their existing school crossing patrols – if they cannot, they will lose the funding, and the vital road safety service, at the start of 2013.
Education funding for schools specifically bans spending money on road safety around the schools – so most will have little choice but to rely on volunteers, charge parents directly, or lose the service, which keeps hundreds of children, parents and carers safe around our schools and slows traffic down.
Because of the costs of redundancy, there will be almost no net financial saving in the current financial year.
Sadiq Khan MP, who has campaigned for road safety improvements at local schools since he was elected as the Tooting MP in 2005, said, “Wandsworth Tories have got this issue completely wrong – cutting a vital road safety service without any real thought being given to how to replace it or find alternatives to keep our roads safe.
“Wandsworth Council’s first priority should be keeping our children safe – not penny pinching.
“Nationally we’re seeing what happens when councils cut road safety spending – more people are killed and seriously injured on our roads.
“The contribution school crossing patrols make to keeping children and families safe on the way to and from school is highly valued.
“These plans are out of touch with what parents and local residents and will put the lives of local children at risk.”