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Strathaven Crossing Patrol Axed
Angry parents in Strathaven have hit out at plans to axe a busy school crossing patrol in the town. Parents took to social media with just a few weeks left until the removal of the lollipop crossing from Kirk Street.
As part of South Lanarkshire Council’s budget savings, 27 school crossing patroller sites plus three lunchtime sites are being removed across the authority area.
However, parents in Strathaven now fear children will be left to cross the busy Kirk Street unsupervised.
One parent posted on social media: “Kirk Street is a main road, not just in the normal sense but a through road to Ayrshire. If a child is harmed because of this then it will be on South Lanarkshire Council’s hands.”
Gordon Mackay, head of roads and transportation at South Lanarkshire Council, said: “Patroller removals will affect secondary schools, where we consider pupils are generally of an age where they can safely cross the road themselves, and at some primary schools where the level of usage is such that the location does not satisfy the current criteria for the provision of a patroller.
“The patroller removal on Kirk Street will predominantly affect secondary school pupils; however, a traffic signal controlled crossing is available nearby for pupils to use.
“Risk assessments have been undertaken at all locations including Kirk Road to ensure that the road can still be crossed safely provided reasonable care is taken and with an accompanying adult where required.”