Campaigning mum is behind our Lollipop campaign

Backing our campaign – mum Sarah Steel with her boys, Phillip and Charlie

Backing our campaign – mum Sarah Steel with her boys, Phillip and Charlie

First published in Local News

A ROAD safety campaigner and mother-of-five is backing the Echo’s campaign to save our lollipop men and women from the axe, claiming County Hall is playing games with children’s lives.

Sarah Steel, 35, of Somercotes, Laindon, won a three-year campaign in December to get Essex County Council to build a Puffin crossing outside Janet Duke Primary School, Laindon.

The council’s local highways panel won £150,000 towards the new crossing after complaints the road was a “death trap”.

However Ms Steel says after her success, the county council has taken one step forward and three steps back with its plan to scrap 55 school crossing patrols countywide.

Ms Steel, whose boys Charlie, four, and Phillip, eight, both go to Janet Duke Primary, said: “I wouldn’t dare let my children walk to school on their own the way the roads are.

“The council is playing with fire if it does this. Doing this is dangerous. We all know some children do run out in the road and its worse when there are loads of cars parked everywhere outside a school.

“It’s absolute madness to put children’s lives at risk like this.”

Ms Steel said cutting the service would mean children would be “dicing with death”, as speeding cars and vehicles parking illegally outside schools were a common problem.

She added: “We have a lollipop man, and he’s so friendly.

“Everyone wants him to stay.

By having a lollipop man, it forces cars to stop. Otherwise, you could be waiting 20 minutes to get across the road.

“We should be getting a crossing soon, but I’m worried what will happen at other schools where they haven’t got one.

“We’re talking about children’s safety.”

The council will be discussing the proposals with schools over the summer.

Parents can have their say on the issue by visiting essex insight.org.uk To sign our petition visit: https://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/save-our-lollipop-men-and-women

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10:10am Fri 21 Mar 14

Jack222 says...

Pointless campaign.

Parents / carers help their children cross the road. Why do they need a lollipop every now and then.

Make parents / carers have the responsibility and save wasting our tax money. We need less nanny state wasting our money.
Pointless campaign. Parents / carers help their children cross the road. Why do they need a lollipop every now and then. Make parents / carers have the responsibility and save wasting our tax money. We need less nanny state wasting our money. Jack222
  • Score: 7

10:20am Fri 21 Mar 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

Complete and utter waste of money, thing of past times, when the motor car was something new.How often do you see a crossing patrol anywhere else other than a school, where there are hundreds of parents....
Complete and utter waste of money, thing of past times, when the motor car was something new.How often do you see a crossing patrol anywhere else other than a school, where there are hundreds of parents.... carnmountyouknowitmakessense
  • Score: 5

11:18am Fri 21 Mar 14

Letmetryagain says...

They should install traffic lights at busy crossings outside schools.
Then there would be no need for crossing patrols.

At least that would keep the traffic moving.
They should install traffic lights at busy crossings outside schools. Then there would be no need for crossing patrols. At least that would keep the traffic moving. Letmetryagain
  • Score: 3

11:32am Fri 21 Mar 14

Bettycraven says...

What about the children who's parents do actually let their children go to school on there own, shouldn't a lollipop person be there for them?
Also not to be rude but a few parents are too busy on their phones or chatting to other parents, this making them not so aware at the school crossing.
All these pathetic cost cutting ideas from essex county council will end in accidents.
Why don't they just get rid of all the mayors and all staffs luxury expenses claims, save money on the extravagance.
What about the children who's parents do actually let their children go to school on there own, shouldn't a lollipop person be there for them? Also not to be rude but a few parents are too busy on their phones or chatting to other parents, this making them not so aware at the school crossing. All these pathetic cost cutting ideas from essex county council will end in accidents. Why don't they just get rid of all the mayors and all staffs luxury expenses claims, save money on the extravagance. Bettycraven
  • Score: -4

11:43am Fri 21 Mar 14

Kim Gandy says...

Usual blather from this website's resident Scrooges.
Usual blather from this website's resident Scrooges. Kim Gandy
  • Score: -5

11:44am Fri 21 Mar 14

Kim Gandy says...

carnmountyouknowitma
kessense
wrote:
Complete and utter waste of money, thing of past times, when the motor car was something new.How often do you see a crossing patrol anywhere else other than a school, where there are hundreds of parents....
And now there are millions more cars on the road, some being driven by irresponsible, untaxed, uninsured yobs. One of which hangs out on this very website.

Get real.
[quote][p][bold]carnmountyouknowitma kessense[/bold] wrote: Complete and utter waste of money, thing of past times, when the motor car was something new.How often do you see a crossing patrol anywhere else other than a school, where there are hundreds of parents....[/p][/quote]And now there are millions more cars on the road, some being driven by irresponsible, untaxed, uninsured yobs. One of which hangs out on this very website. Get real. Kim Gandy
  • Score: -5

11:47am Fri 21 Mar 14

Kim Gandy says...

Jack222 wrote:
Pointless campaign.

Parents / carers help their children cross the road. Why do they need a lollipop every now and then.

Make parents / carers have the responsibility and save wasting our tax money. We need less nanny state wasting our money.
Your taxes are wasted on far worse things like the "Ethnic Minority and Traveller Achievement Service" - £446,000 of your money spent on spies and busybodies who basically achieve nothing.

If you go under the FoI to find out what else your money is wasted on, you will find far worse examples.

But then, you lot don't bother to research. You take everything you read here and online - and particularly garbage websites - as gospel.

Ever tried doing a little of your own research once in a while. I've been horrified at what I see our money wasted on - and it is not always published in the media. You have to go and look.

Still, lollipop ladies are an easy target aren't they? So much easier than spending time doing a little digging yourself.
[quote][p][bold]Jack222[/bold] wrote: Pointless campaign. Parents / carers help their children cross the road. Why do they need a lollipop every now and then. Make parents / carers have the responsibility and save wasting our tax money. We need less nanny state wasting our money.[/p][/quote]Your taxes are wasted on far worse things like the "Ethnic Minority and Traveller Achievement Service" - £446,000 of your money spent on spies and busybodies who basically achieve nothing. If you go under the FoI to find out what else your money is wasted on, you will find far worse examples. But then, you lot don't bother to research. You take everything you read here and online - and particularly garbage websites - as gospel. Ever tried doing a little of your own research once in a while. I've been horrified at what I see our money wasted on - and it is not always published in the media. You have to go and look. Still, lollipop ladies are an easy target aren't they? So much easier than spending time doing a little digging yourself. Kim Gandy
  • Score: -6

11:48am Fri 21 Mar 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

Letmetryagain wrote:
They should install traffic lights at busy crossings outside schools.
Then there would be no need for crossing patrols.

At least that would keep the traffic moving.
ABSOLUTELY.....
[quote][p][bold]Letmetryagain[/bold] wrote: They should install traffic lights at busy crossings outside schools. Then there would be no need for crossing patrols. At least that would keep the traffic moving.[/p][/quote]ABSOLUTELY..... carnmountyouknowitmakessense
  • Score: 5

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