Concern over cuts to school crossing patrol

School Crossing Patrol, commonly known as a lollipop lady, Helen Irving, on duty in Hampden Park. October 16th 2013. E42059P

School Crossing Patrol, commonly known as a lollipop lady, Helen Irving, on duty in Hampden Park. October 16th 2013. E42059P

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The Hampden Park Neighbourhood Panel says it is concerned two school crossing patrols in the area could be axed.

East Sussex County Council has announced it intends to withdraw funding for the crossing used by pupils at Parkland infant and junior school in Brodrick Road and Heron Park Academy in The Hydneye from next year.

They are one of a number identified by County Hall which says they are under review as part of a major cost cutting measure.

Sandy Boyce-Sharpe, chair of the panel set up to address issues within the community, said, “We are totally against the crossings being axed.

“I have written to the headteachers to get their views as we believe it will put little ones at risk and this is not acceptable at all.”

Others against the plan include Liberal Democrat Hampden Park county councillor Mike Blanch, who says the cost is £3,000 which he says is negligible when set against the risk to children crossing unsupervised.

Campaigners say the problems are being made worse by parked cars in the area adding to the dangers.

Eastbourne Police is currently deploying speed devices close to the crossing patrols.

The panel says it plans to invite the county council officer responsible for removing the crossings to its next meeting to explain the thinking behind the decision.