Schools and academies urged to share views on School Crossing Patroller service

​Date: 8/12/2016

Ref: PR8427

The Council is considering changes to the way it provides School Crossing Patrollers in a bid to ensure the service can continue.

Cuts of over £146m to Wakefield Council's budget means that it can no longer provide School Crossing Patrollers free of charge. A proposal has been put forward to charge schools and academies to cover the cost of the service.

A consultation opens on Thursday (8 December) to give all schools the opportunity to share their views on the proposal.

Neil Rodgers, Service Director for Planning, Transportation and Highways said: "We fully appreciate the importance of School Crossing Patrollers in our community and this is a service we want to continue. However, huge cuts to our budget mean we have to make some very tough decisions and in this case look how we can do things differently.

"Many councils have stopped this service altogether but we are trying to find a way to ensure a School Crossing Patroller service continues in Wakefield.

"I urge all our schools and academies to give us their views on the proposal so that we can make an informed decision that will meet their needs."

Although the Council has no statutory responsibility to provide this service, the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 means that schools cannot independently employ a School Crossing Patroller.

Wakefield Council currently spends £200k every year to provide a School Crossing Patrol service, which is currently free to schools and academies. It is proposed that each school will be charged on an individual basis. The cost would be based on a standard hourly rate and dependent on the number of hours the Patrol is required.

Members for the public can also have their say on the proposal by emailing roadsafety@wakefield.gov.uk

The consultation runs from 8 December to 12 January 2017.


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