Billendean crossing problem solved but more help needed

A new lollipop person is expected to be helping children cross a busy Berwick road shortly.

Tuesday, 26th September 2017, 08:42 am
Updated Wednesday, 20th September 2017, 16:49 pm

The school crossing patrol officer will be stationed on Billendean Road, near Berwick Academy and Tweedmouth Middle School.

The matter has been raised by Coun Georgina Hill, member for Berwick East on Northumberland County Council, after concerns were aired about pupil safety.

However, there is still a shortage of lollipop men and women around Berwick and applications are being invited by the council.

A council officer, responding to Coun Hill’s concerns, said: “We’re hopeful that a start date within the next couple of weeks will be achieved. (Billendean). This is certainly a site that we are anxious to fill.

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“We presently have three other sites within Berwick that are vacant and are desperate to have these filled as well. They are at North Road, Spittal First School and Castlegate.

“I would also confirm that, within Northumberland, all of our school crossing patrol posts are fully funded and any vacancies has nothing to do with the council trying to save money as some people have suggested, it’s just we struggle at times to fill these essential posts. They deliver important reassurances to both parents and children on the daily journey to and from school.

“The vast majority of drivers understand the role of SCPs and drive accordingly.”