I think this is nonesense. A clear formula measuring traffic/pedestrian conflict was applied to a review of school crossing patrols some locations were lost other new ones were introduced. In any event the decision was not crossing patrols v civic review and to link them is just silly.
Looking at the minutes
, the Council Meeting requested a 50% cut in "The Review" newsletter budget, in order to help pay for the crossing patrols, so there does seem to be a link there.This Council Meeting therefore requests:-
• that the Chief Executive, in consultation with the relevant Executive Councillors, identify funding from existing resources within the Marketing and Communications Budget to restore the services identified, including a 50% cut in the number of issues of “The Review”;
• that this matter is referred to the Executive with the recommendation that the view of this Council Meeting, to reverse their earlier decision, is accepted; and
• that this course of action follows consultation with parents, headteachers, school governors and local councillors.
For the motion 31, against 32
MOTION NOT CARRIED
Further the Civic Review has in fact been cut from 6 editions to four per year so has taken its hit along with other council services. I also if it were a choce ibetween the two would argue for the civic review as i think something that goes through every door and gets people using therefore protecting council services and thinking about things such as obesity is of greater value than a crossing for a few hundred children.
Yes, meanwhile the school crossings had a big cut of 40% last year, which also gained some protests. Stockport Express 03 Aug 2011 : Parents protest as lollipop ladies axed
Further evidence shows that there has been a reduction in traffic accidents at the points at which crossing patrols have been removed and finally there are currently 10 crossing patrols for which the council is unable to recruit a person to person it.
Yes, it means that while the council meeting did request "school crossing patrols which were staffed should be re-established as soon as possible, and that those sites which were identified as vacant be re-examined", regrettably there's no money to action this, so won't be done.