School To Get Lollipop Person

The Five Islands School on St Mary’s could soon have a new lollipop person after Councillors voted to fund the role.

It will be for a one-year trial period and will operate in the morning and afternoon.

Joel Williams from the Council’s Children’s Services Department said the police and parents had expressed concern about the congestion at the school entrance, near the short-term car park at Nowhere.

Joel said the Council is looking at a range of measures to improve the situation with most of these, like a new footpath and making better sight lines, in hand as part of the New School Build project.

But he said one of the most significant improvements would be to appoint a School Crossing Patrol to escort children safely across the road as well as keeping an eye on the safe use of the car park.

This would encourage families to feel more confident in their children walking to school, said Joel.

Councillor Molly Peacock said she had recently been past the school in a taxi and was “horrified.” She said didn’t know how the taxi driver had managed to avoid the children.

The cost of the post, including training, protective clothing and equipment will be around £5,000 a year with money coming from unspent resources in last year’s Children and Young People’s budgets.


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