School crossing patrols in Walsall will continue to be funded by the council after proposals to stop financing part of the service were withdrawn by Cabinet.
Consultation was carried out with headteachers, parents and members of the public asking for their views on proposals to stop funding category 2 crossings and give schools the opportunity to fund the service themselves.Removing support for this part of the service would have saved £85,000.
A category 2 crossing is where a warden or lollipop person is supported by secondary crossing facilities such as a pedestrian, pelican or zebra crossing.
At its meeting on Wednesday 10 September Walsall Council’s Cabinet agreed to continue financing the entire service in light of the consultation feedback which means the costs of providing category 2 crossings will continue to be met by the council. Category one crossings where a warden is on duty at specific times and there are no additional crossing facilities were not part of the original proposals.
Councillor Mohammad Nazir, portfolio holder for regeneration at Walsall Council, said: “I have looked very closely at all the consultation feedback and the overriding message which came across from those who responded was that the council should continue funding the patrols and ensure the service remains in place.
“There is no hiding away from the fact that we need to save £85 million over the next four years but in making decisions it is important we take into account the views of our residents and we will continue to do that as we move forward.”
As part of the consultation headteachers were invited to comment via an online survey, all parents of children at the affected schools by letter and postal response card and the general public via an online form.
The consultation was also publicised in newspapers, via the council’s website and social media with people invited to comment by email, online forms or phone.
In total 796 responses were received from parents, 30 from headteachers, ten online responses, 14 calls, three emails from councillors and a number of letters.
Reproduced from Walsall Council website