Stoke-on-Trent City Council's parking 'bans' for schools hit by cuts
EXTRA safety measures are to be introduced outside schools as lollipop men and women wait to find out if they will lose their jobs.
Stoke-on-Trent City Council has applied for parking restrictions to be implemented outside Trentham High School, Newstead Primary in Blurton and Sneyd Green Primary.
It comes after The Sentinel revealed earlier this month how 43 lollipop crossing wardens are to be lost at 37 city schools as part of the council's £21 million cuts programme.
The parking restrictions will ban vehicles from stopping on stretches of Allerton Road, Trentham, Carberry Way, Blurton and Sneyd Street, Sneyd Green.
But parents feel the restrictions won't improve safety.
Chris Dutton, aged 35, from Dairyfields Way, Sneyd Green, said: "I think our lollipop lady does a really good job.
"It is obvious that she enjoys what she does and I don't think there is any reason for them to go."
Mr Dutton, whose three-year-old daughter Daisy goes to Sneyd Green Primary School, said: "I would much prefer to see a lollipop lady helping with the traffic than extra regulations.
"And I'm not sure people would take much notice of the new rules anyway."
The no-stopping rule on Sneyd Street would apply 85 metres west of the junction with Crossway Road on entrance marks to the school.
Lollypop lady Linda Finney, from Sneyd Street, said: "I think it is a ridiculous plan to put in new regulations in place of our jobs.
"I received my letter from the council to say that there is a consultation ongoing into the lollypop positions.
"It is a very bad idea because it is putting lives at risk."
The crossing point outside Sneyd Street is on the council review list.
Mrs Finney, who has worked as the lollypop lady for almost four years, said: "I do welcome anything that will make the roads safer for the children because that is the main aim of my job.
"And if these new rules will help then of course I approve.
"But we are doing a good job on these roads and we try our hardest to keep people safe."
The crossing warden cuts will save Stoke-on-Trent City Council £101,000.
The cuts include eight wardens at schools which do not meet a 'national criteria' based on the number of vehicles and unaccompanied children counted during road surveys.
A further 35 will go at schools with pedestrian crossings outside the premises.
The 43 wardens facing redundancy, who each cost the council roughly £2,300 per year, will go in September.
Trentham High School crossing warden Peter Chadwick, aged 76, from Trentham said: "I don't think that people will take a blind bit of notice of the parking restrictions.
"They don't realise that sometimes kids come along and will walk across the road without looking.
"I think they are creating a very dangerous situation."
Councillor Ruth Rosenau, Stoke-on-Trent City Council cabinet member for regeneration, planning and transportation, said: "The proposed restrictions are important to maintain highway safety, and are needed whether or not a crossing warden is in place."