Essex County Councillor Rodney Bass turns away lollipop petition

Echo: County transport boss turns away petition to save lollipop patrols County transport boss turns away petition to save lollipop patrols

ESSEX County Council’s transport supremo Rodney Bass has refused to accept our petition calling on him to scrap plans to cut 55 school crossing patrols.

More than 1,100 readers have signed an online petition calling on the county council to rethink the proposals.

A further 400 people have signed petition forms.

However, Mr Bass, councillor responsible for highways, will not meet us to receive the petition.

A change of rules means cabinet members will no longer formally receive petitions with fewer than 14,000 signatures.

David Cheeseman, 73, who worked on crossings across north Essex for nine years, called on Mr Bass to take our campaign more seriously.

He said the councillor should spendamorning and afternoon at some of the crossings which could be scrapped before making any decisions.

He said: “I’ve been round most of the sites they’re looking at closing.

“They didn’t just pick them out of a hat and it’s ridiculous to think of closing them.”

Bruce Tuxford, chairman of governors at King’s Ford Junior School, Colchester, where a crossing is under threat, said setting a 14,000-signature limit is unrealistic.

He said: “When anybody is prepared to sign a petition, the bottom line is the council should take note.”

Mother of five Sarah Steel, 35, of Somercotes, Laindon, said: “I just think Essex County Council is a joke with the amount of silly rules and regulations it has.

“If we are so strapped for cash, why is this country giving millions away in foreign aid when we can’t afford to keep our lollipop men on patrol and street lights switched on?

“Clearly a lot of people feel strongly about this, so the council should listen.”

Colchester MP Sir Bob Russell offered to make a speech and present the petition in the House of Commons.

He said: “I am astonished the relevant councillor will not receive the petition.”

Essex County Council has proposed scrapping funding for crossing wardens where an existing pedestrian crossing already exists, to save £322,000. We contacted Mr Bass to see if he was willing to receive the petition.

He said: “We are still in consultation on this and therefore the appropriate way to proceed would be to return it to the organisers of the consultation (ie. officers) and it will then form part of the consultation response.”

A spokesman added: “Petitions can be handed into the council as it continues to engage in public consultation.”

The consultation was due to be discussed at a meeting of the authority’s place services and economic growth scrutiny committee. 

 

WHEN WAS RULE CHANGED?

IN 2007, our former chief reporter, Tom Parkes, joined parents of pupils to hand over a petition bearing more than 1,700 names of people opposed to the then proposed closure of Alderman Blaxill.

He was allowed to hand over the petition at County Hall to Tracey Chapman, then the councillor responsible for education. 

The council spokesman did not say when the bar on cabinet members accepting petitions was raised. 

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12:27pm Thu 24 Apr 14

Ian P says...

Clearly Mr Bass has lost the plot by ignoring the fact that the people he is snubbing his nose at voted him in and can just as easily vote him out.
Clearly Mr Bass has lost the plot by ignoring the fact that the people he is snubbing his nose at voted him in and can just as easily vote him out. Ian P
  • Score: 3

12:27pm Thu 24 Apr 14

Howard Cháse says...

Don't forget to vote on 22nd May.
Don't forget to vote on 22nd May. Howard Cháse
  • Score: 7

12:31pm Thu 24 Apr 14

Kim Gandy says...

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Please read the above story which appeared in the Echo a month ago. You will see that UKIP councillor Kerry Smith put forward some proposals which I understand are still under consideration. Bass appeared very much in favour of taking them on board.

They have certainly not been ruled out.
http://www.echo-news .co.uk/news/11094723 .Plans_to_save_lolli pop_patrols_from_the _axe/ Please read the above story which appeared in the Echo a month ago. You will see that UKIP councillor Kerry Smith put forward some proposals which I understand are still under consideration. Bass appeared very much in favour of taking them on board. They have certainly not been ruled out. Kim Gandy
  • Score: -6

12:59pm Thu 24 Apr 14

pembury53 says...

Howard Cháse wrote:
Don't forget to vote on 22nd May.
an admirable and often recited 'call to arms' but bass and his ilk know the score.... a phoney 'shot across the bows' in the euro's, maybe, then normal service resumed, when the sheep head for the polls come the real deal.....
[quote][p][bold]Howard Cháse[/bold] wrote: Don't forget to vote on 22nd May.[/p][/quote]an admirable and often recited 'call to arms' but bass and his ilk know the score.... a phoney 'shot across the bows' in the euro's, maybe, then normal service resumed, when the sheep head for the polls come the real deal..... pembury53
  • Score: 1

1:07pm Thu 24 Apr 14

poortaxpayer says...

I hope none of his children ever get run over because he has scrapped the crossing patrols.
I hope none of his children ever get run over because he has scrapped the crossing patrols. poortaxpayer
  • Score: 0

1:14pm Thu 24 Apr 14

Keptquiettillnow says...

Everybody obeys the rules near crossings, except for cyclists, cant see what the problem is.
Everybody obeys the rules near crossings, except for cyclists, cant see what the problem is. Keptquiettillnow
  • Score: -2

1:27pm Thu 24 Apr 14

Mattster says...

The bloke is a complete Helen Hunt, vote him out next time.
The bloke is a complete Helen Hunt, vote him out next time. Mattster
  • Score: 0

1:53pm Thu 24 Apr 14

ThisYear says...

For those who are passionate about this why not deeply research the matter and see what legal position can be taken to force him to reconsider..use the system in place.
For those who are passionate about this why not deeply research the matter and see what legal position can be taken to force him to reconsider..use the system in place. ThisYear
  • Score: -5

5:58pm Thu 24 Apr 14

runwellian says...

poortaxpayer wrote:
I hope none of his children ever get run over because he has scrapped the crossing patrols.
If they do it will be one of the mothers blocking access to and from schools.

the mothers are the problems, not other car drivers!

i have been on the receiving end of some appalling behaviour (and foul language) from mothers of sproggs that think they have a right top park where they like regardless!

It is the parents that cause the problems so if they wants their sproggs escorted across the road avoiding accidents caused by other mothers cars, then let them pay for it.
[quote][p][bold]poortaxpayer[/bold] wrote: I hope none of his children ever get run over because he has scrapped the crossing patrols.[/p][/quote]If they do it will be one of the mothers blocking access to and from schools. the mothers are the problems, not other car drivers! i have been on the receiving end of some appalling behaviour (and foul language) from mothers of sproggs that think they have a right top park where they like regardless! It is the parents that cause the problems so if they wants their sproggs escorted across the road avoiding accidents caused by other mothers cars, then let them pay for it. runwellian
  • Score: 7

6:49pm Thu 24 Apr 14

Devils Advocate says...

runwellian wrote:
poortaxpayer wrote:
I hope none of his children ever get run over because he has scrapped the crossing patrols.
If they do it will be one of the mothers blocking access to and from schools.

the mothers are the problems, not other car drivers!

i have been on the receiving end of some appalling behaviour (and foul language) from mothers of sproggs that think they have a right top park where they like regardless!

It is the parents that cause the problems so if they wants their sproggs escorted across the road avoiding accidents caused by other mothers cars, then let them pay for it.
Perhaps you should cast your mind back to the incident at the crossing at South Green some time back. Then explain where a mother was involved in the crossing incident.
Also, looking around Basildon, for instance, shouldn't the zebra crossings include alternate black and white stripes? Before the council start saying they don't need crossing patrols, would it be possible to fetch the crossings back to the legal requirement? Also replacing "Keep left" obelisk signs (or keep right) with 2 bands of reflective tape on a 10" high 2" diameter pipe, which I have repeatedly complained about for two years, is that legal now? I think these people Lording it up at Chelmsford should start being sacked for the criminal negligence before they start removing the safety measures in place with our children! The first one knocked down because of this will be his fault!
[quote][p][bold]runwellian[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]poortaxpayer[/bold] wrote: I hope none of his children ever get run over because he has scrapped the crossing patrols.[/p][/quote]If they do it will be one of the mothers blocking access to and from schools. the mothers are the problems, not other car drivers! i have been on the receiving end of some appalling behaviour (and foul language) from mothers of sproggs that think they have a right top park where they like regardless! It is the parents that cause the problems so if they wants their sproggs escorted across the road avoiding accidents caused by other mothers cars, then let them pay for it.[/p][/quote]Perhaps you should cast your mind back to the incident at the crossing at South Green some time back. Then explain where a mother was involved in the crossing incident. Also, looking around Basildon, for instance, shouldn't the zebra crossings include alternate black and white stripes? Before the council start saying they don't need crossing patrols, would it be possible to fetch the crossings back to the legal requirement? Also replacing "Keep left" obelisk signs (or keep right) with 2 bands of reflective tape on a 10" high 2" diameter pipe, which I have repeatedly complained about for two years, is that legal now? I think these people Lording it up at Chelmsford should start being sacked for the criminal negligence before they start removing the safety measures in place with our children! The first one knocked down because of this will be his fault! Devils Advocate
  • Score: -7

7:35pm Thu 24 Apr 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

He has made himself look bad...could have been avoided by just taking the petition, how hard can it be Rodders.?
He has made himself look bad...could have been avoided by just taking the petition, how hard can it be Rodders.? DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: -3

11:08pm Thu 24 Apr 14

imnotanimby says...

How about the mums/dads seeing their own children safely across the road to school. Primarily it is their responsibility to ensure their children's safety. If that is too much trouble for them on a daily basis perhaps they can set up a rota and take turns.
How about the mums/dads seeing their own children safely across the road to school. Primarily it is their responsibility to ensure their children's safety. If that is too much trouble for them on a daily basis perhaps they can set up a rota and take turns. imnotanimby
  • Score: 6

1:26pm Fri 25 Apr 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

Oh Diddums...
Oh Diddums... carnmountyouknowitmakessense
  • Score: 2

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