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SLC Alter Criteria For Crossing Patrollers
South Lanarkshire Council is set to change the criteria for secondary schools to be eligible for a crossing patroller.
If the proposed changes get the go-ahead, it will make it harder for parents to successfully apply for a manned crossing.
Councillors on a Road Safety Forum are expected to give the plan the green light, although the changes have already been agreed in principle by an executive committee when discussing this year’s savings plan.
The current criteria is based on a complex calculation using pedestrian demand and vehicle flow.
A number of factors are combined to establish a formula. If the figure passes a threshold of 148,000, then a patroller is judged to be “clearly justified.” If it falls between 74,000 and 148,000, then other environmental factors may be taken into account.
Under the proposed criteria, even if a site scores above 148,000, further investigation will be required before a patroller is brought in - if the site serves only a secondary school. The assessment will consider injury and accident history, speed and volume of traffic, the number of acceptable gaps in the traffic and sight-lines to allow pedestrians to cross safely.
If the formula is below 148,000, then a patroller will not be considered.
A report to councillors will state the council’s position “is that pupils of secondary school age should, in general, be capable of crossing the road safely themselves.”
The report adds: “Should parents be of the view that particular children are not capable of crossing the road safely then it is the responsibility of parents to ensure that their children get to school safely.”
Criteria for primary crossings is not being considered under the proposal.
Three crossing patrollers have already been removed serving Rutherglen and Cambuslang secondary schools. Crossings at Calderwood Road/ Glenside Drive, Southhill Avenue/ Calderwood Road and Dukes Road/ Glenside Drive were wound up in April.
The issue is likely to anger parents how are upset at changes to school bus provision.
Jackie Rinn, of Halfway Community Council, said: “This is one of the issues we had actually raised – how can you get children safely across the road? It brings up the issue of when a child is deemed to be ‘responsible’. If you left your child at home by themselves, that would be deemed irresponsible, but we are told they are able to cross busy roads.”
Councillors at the Road Safety Forum are expected to refuse a bid for a crossing patroller on Croft Road at Johnson Drive in Cambuslang.
Head of roads and transportation, Gordon Mackay, said: “The council’s Road Safety Forum will be asked to note a change to the assessment criteria for the provision of school crossing patrollers at secondary schools. This will be applied to new requests.
“The responsibility of assessing if a child is competent enough to cross any road lies with parents.
“If a parent feels their child cannot make a journey to school safely they should arrange for an adult to accompany the child to and from school.”