Save the road crossing patrol at Bacton Primary School
Norfolk county council are proposing to cut the road crossing patrol service they currently provide to Bacton primary school. This is a cost cutting exercise that will put children's lives at risk. Our school was monitored and noted that 'visibility is not masked' but we completely disagree as its on a bend, a hill and also has overgrown hedges which all reduce visibility. County council states that parents/guardians are responsible for getting their children safely to and from school, but this takes away the independence we like to allow our older children as they prepare for secondary school. This is not a safe enough place for children to cross themselves. We have already had incidents in which families have been put at risk on the rare occasion that our road crossing patrol officer has not been there. You might ask why the school doesn't just provide this service themselves? Under the law, only people employed by the county are legally allowed to stop traffic on a public highway, making it impossible for us to keep our children safe. Ultimately, the only way we will know if this is the wrong decision for the county council to make is when a child is hurt or worse killed and this is not a risk we are willing to take.
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