Funding required to keep lollipop man on the street

Lollipop man David Bousfield
Lollipop man David Bousfield

A LOLLIPOP man needs a new sponsor so he can carry on helping youngsters safely across the road.

David Bousfield has become a popular figure with parents, teachers and children after manning the crossing in St Phillip’s Avenue for the last six years – a crossing which serves both Roselands Primary School and Stafford Junior School.

However, when a new zebra crossing was built at St Phillip’s Avenue last year, other roads in the county became higher priority for the school crossing patrol funding.

It looked as though Mr Bousfield would have to move to another road elsewhere in the town, until local firm Eastbourne Radio Cars stepped in with a sponsorship package for the lollipop man.

That funding has now run out, meaning East Sussex County Council is looking for businesses which would like to sponsor the lollipop man in the future.

School crossing patrols cost, on average, about £2,000 per location. However, costs can vary from street to street depending on the amount of work needed and hours the lollipop man has to work.

For that reason, the St Phillip’s Avenue slot costs around £3,600 a year to fund – money the county council cannot afford to pay itself.

However, the council’s head of transport was keen not to lose the role – particularly mindful of how much Mr Bousfield had become an almost permanent fixture in the school day for the area’s youngsters.

Councillor Carl Maynard said, “East Sussex has more than 60 school crossing patrols, helping children cross the road on every working day of the academic year.

“David is known and loved by parents, children and teachers at the schools.

“If you wish to support your local community and raise the profile of your business or organisation then sponsorship is the ideal way of doing it.”

Anyone who thinks they can help out should call David Bradley on 01273 482293.