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My children go to a Wandsworth primary school - Fircroft - encircled by busy side roads featuring your typical road ragers and risk-takers more concerned with driving to work in a hurry than the small people in their way.
The two lovely, dedicated lollipop people near the school provide an essential service. But the council in its wisdom - not - is 'reviewing' the need for all its crossing patrollers and thinks that schools, not they, should pay for them. As if schools aren't already underfunded and over-stretched.
As if we should be paying the price of a national debt not of our making.
Sadly, local authorities aren't statutorily obliged to provide lollipeeps. They appear to think it's an easy option to pass up and pass the buck on both their civic duty, and their legal obligation under the Education Act, to help ensure the safety of our children on the roads.
Meanwhile, Wandsworth is shelling out £13 million on a 'free' school with a catchment area of children from some of the wealthiest households in London. What are they like?
Fircroft parents have started a campaign to stop the progress of the council's review of SCPs - to stop the cuts that this review intends. We've featured on the front page of the local paper, the Wandsworth Guardian and have the support of local MP Sadiq Khan. Hundreds of us have written letters of protest and signed petitions to voice our protest, joining thousands of others across the country faced with these latest nonsensical public service cuts. Leave our lolli-people alone!