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Anger over school crossing decision in Bishopthorpe
COUNCIL bosses have refused to allow a crossing patrol close to a York primary school because it is too dangerous for a lollipop person.
Mr Waller, who has two daughters, Chloe, six, at the infants, and Jessica, eight, at nearby Archbishop of York CE Juniors, and is on a travel committee mainly consisting of parents who have children at both schools, said the junior school had a crossing patrol but the infant school also needed one in Sim Balk Lane.
The council said because the point in the road the group had chosen was on a bend and there were overhanging trees, there were not clear sight lines for a crossing warden, making it the wrong place for a crossing.
Mr Waller said: “No alternative proposals to tackle the problem have been made by the council.
“The site remains a very dangerous place to cross and is, in my view, an accident waiting to happen, that’s why it needs to be manned.
“There have been several near misses and parents at both schools are concerned about it.
“I am disappointed because when the council sent us a letter saying it was too dangerous for somebody to work there, parents just looked at it with disbelief.
“If it’s too dangerous for an adult then what do they think it’s going to be like for children with their parents trying to cross?
“I’m no highways expert, but it shouldn’t be down to members of the public to resolve something like this. That is surely what the council is for.”
A council spokeswoman said the community of Bishopthorpe would need to put forward their proposals for future crossing points to the parish council for consideration, saying it was not up to York council or North Yorkshire Police.
Richard Wood, assistant director of city and environmental services at the council, said: “This may be a favourite place for parents to cross, but it’s not safe to have a patroller working at this location due to sight line issues on both sides of the road. A patroller spends a large proportion of their time at the side of and in the road and must be highly visible to drivers, who need to be able to anticipate and react in good time to any indication made by a patroller. It would be irresponsible for the authority to not only put our patroller at risk, but children wishing to cross the road with the patroller at risk too.”
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