Villagers petition for return of Great Totham lollipop patrol

Maldon and Burnham Standard: The patrol signs are up - but there has been no lollipop patrol for more than a year The patrol signs are up - but there has been no lollipop patrol for more than a year

Campaigners calling for a school lollipop patrol to be reinstated ambushed a county council boss and MP outside a Women's Institute meeting.

Marie Atkinson and Linda Kennedy found out Rodney Bass, county council cabinet member for highways, and MP Priti Patel were visiting Great Totham to address the group, so waited outside for them to arrive to present their petition.

The pair collected between 200 and 300 signatures from villagers who are concerned the last lollipop lady, who retired more than a year ago, has not been replaced. 

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9:26am Sat 5 Jul 14

Jack222 says...

Why cant parents help their children cross the street like they do at other times? Why should our council tax pay for someone to do a parent's job?
Why cant parents help their children cross the street like they do at other times? Why should our council tax pay for someone to do a parent's job? Jack222
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3:14pm Sat 5 Jul 14

An alternative view says...

Usually think you're quite close to the truth Jack, grumpy or not, but you're way off here... I walked to school on my own in the 70's, and used the crossing lady, and some will say unfortunately I'm still here due to her help, we could afford it then, my parents were working so didn't have the option of walking me to school, I dare say a lot of parents at gotham would like to walk their kids in, buy economics don't allow.

When there was a crossing lady at Totham I had a berk trying to overtake me when I stopped for her... someone is going to get seriously hurt in Totham, whether it be here or by the Post Office where people don't slow down let alone stop for the zebra

Its bloomin' chaos there at times, whether it be too many parked parents cars (cos they're having to cross their kids "like they do at other times"

Parents reversing Silver Fiestas across pavements full of kids to the friendly communal drive way next to the school,

Parents in white Nissan Juke sports & Grandparents in Passat estates who think it's ok to not park but "loiter"on the zig zags outside the school to collect their kids.

Parents who ignore the "voluntary" 1 way system encouraged by the school

Parents who don't understand the drop off zone the school have had in place for years and still have to get little Johnny out of the car, get his bags for him and and kiss him on the cheek, then have a chat with other mums while others are waiting to drop off.

So we don't help ourselves, but I'm pleased my kids don't have to cross the road without us, someone's run the figures though and I guess as the education budget won't have to pay the medical and life time support costs for anyone injured the figures stack up... shame really.
Usually think you're quite close to the truth Jack, grumpy or not, but you're way off here... I walked to school on my own in the 70's, and used the crossing lady, and some will say unfortunately I'm still here due to her help, we could afford it then, my parents were working so didn't have the option of walking me to school, I dare say a lot of parents at gotham would like to walk their kids in, buy economics don't allow. When there was a crossing lady at Totham I had a berk trying to overtake me when I stopped for her... someone is going to get seriously hurt in Totham, whether it be here or by the Post Office where people don't slow down let alone stop for the zebra Its bloomin' chaos there at times, whether it be too many parked parents cars (cos they're having to cross their kids "like they do at other times" Parents reversing Silver Fiestas across pavements full of kids to the friendly communal drive way next to the school, Parents in white Nissan Juke sports & Grandparents in Passat estates who think it's ok to not park but "loiter"on the zig zags outside the school to collect their kids. Parents who ignore the "voluntary" 1 way system encouraged by the school Parents who don't understand the drop off zone the school have had in place for years and still have to get little Johnny out of the car, get his bags for him and and kiss him on the cheek, then have a chat with other mums while others are waiting to drop off. So we don't help ourselves, but I'm pleased my kids don't have to cross the road without us, someone's run the figures though and I guess as the education budget won't have to pay the medical and life time support costs for anyone injured the figures stack up... shame really. An alternative view
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9:12pm Sat 5 Jul 14

Pbloke says...

Jack222 wrote:
Why cant parents help their children cross the street like they do at other times? Why should our council tax pay for someone to do a parent's job?
As a parent I pay council tax, you arrogant arse, can I expect a refund on resources that you use then and I have to pay for?
What a noob!
[quote][p][bold]Jack222[/bold] wrote: Why cant parents help their children cross the street like they do at other times? Why should our council tax pay for someone to do a parent's job?[/p][/quote]As a parent I pay council tax, you arrogant arse, can I expect a refund on resources that you use then and I have to pay for? What a noob! Pbloke
  • Score: 7
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