OAP presents to pay 10% of Angus lollipop girl’s wages in village marketing campaign to avoid wasting her from council cuts

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A group council chairman says he’ll fortunately make a month-to-month contribution to the wage of an Angus village lollipop girl to assist preserve her in submit.

Gus Leighton is backing Edzell Main Faculty dad and mom indignant over an Angus Council choice to take away crossing patroller Lisa Ross.

Lisa has been within the function for greater than three years.

However council chiefs say their visitors surveys now present a patroller isn’t wanted on the 120-pupil faculty.

Native petition

Edzell Mother or father Council have challenged the findings and launched a petition demanding Lisa is saved in place.

And Inveresk Group Council chairman Gus says he’ll fortunately pay £30 a month in direction of the lollipop girl’s £3,600-a-year wages.

“What value do you placed on a toddler’s life?” stated Gus.

“When the college was being prolonged to soak up a bigger catchment a brief crossing attendant submit was established.

“Now that it has been in place for quite a lot of years and the youngsters have turn into accustomed to crossing beneath her supervision, the council need to take away her at Easter.

“The variety of lorries driving via Edzell to keep away from the A90 Northwaterbridge junction has elevated dramatically,” he added.

“I’m a pensioner, however I’m ready to personally contribute £30 per 30 days to Angus Council ought to their choice be reversed.

“That’d be about 10% of the associated fee and would signify wonderful value-for-money if it saved a single baby’s life.

“If it is just a case of saving cash from the Council price range, I recommend council officers on salaries of £80k or extra ought to volunteer to take a ten% pay lower to assist the council stability its price range.

“And Angus councillors ought to provide to surrender 10% of any earnings arising from their Council duties.”

Dashing visitors

The guardian council say the pace of visitors approaching from the north and thru the village basically is a priority.

Chairwoman Claire Thomson stated there is no such thing as a parking outdoors the college.

So anybody dropping kids off should park in The Muir reverse and cross the busy B966.

The first is the primary constructing on the entrance to the village and campaigners say many automobiles don’t decelerate to the 20mph restrict.

“It’s loopy the quantity of automobiles which simply don’t observe the pace limits,” stated Claire.

And the group say the visitors surveys solely counted unaccompanied kids.

“Dad and mom would possibly need to take their kids as much as the nursery or main faculty however all of them nonetheless need to cross the highway,” added Claire.

“Having the patroller there makes the visitors decelerate.”

“Lisa takes care of the youngsters very well,” stated guardian council vice-chairwoman Ashleigh Leslie.

“With no crossing patrol, it opens up the chance of kids crossing at numerous unsafe factors within the highway with vehicles approaching quick from the north entrance to the village, a double junction with entry to the Muir and faculty automotive parks and a four-way roundabout.”

Lisa stated: “I like my job and the youngsters are nice.

“However there’s a variety of visitors which simply doesn’t decelerate and so they need to slam on the brakes once they see me.”

Council justification

An Angus Council spokesperson stated: “The choice to withdraw the college crossing patroller from Edzell Main follows two visitors surveys, each of which verify it doesn’t meet the minimal standards for retaining a patroller on the main faculty.

“The protection and wellbeing of kids and younger folks in our colleges is paramount and work will proceed in our colleges to make kids highway security conscious in step with our strategy to Safer Routes to Faculty.”

They council didn’t touch upon Mr Leighton’s provide to contribute to the price of the crossing patroller.