It is the responsibility of parents and carers to make sure that their child gets to school. The Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 allows us to put in place road crossing patrols to help pupils get to school safely. You might know road crossing patrol staff as ‘lollipop’ men and women. We currently fund and manage 96 road crossing patrols across Norfolk, at a cost of approximately £270,000.
There is national guidance about running road crossing patrols, which includes criteria for assessing whether or not a site needs a patrol. When a member of road crossing patrol team resigns, our current practice is to assess the site they work at against the criteria. If the site no longer meets the threshold for having a road crossing patrol we remove it.
We don’t have to provide road crossing patrols by law, this is a service we choose to provide. The current financial challenges and reductions in our budget mean that we have to look again at all of our services. As part of our review of this service, we have monitored all 96 road crossing patrols to assess which still meet the criteria for having a patrol.
We are proposing to implement a new policy of only continuing to provide road crossing patrols at sites which meet the criteria for having one. If this policy were to be implemented, it would mean that 38 road crossing patrols would be removed. We would offer road safety awareness support to schools affected by our proposal; this would be on an ongoing basis to ensure all new starters in reception are covered.