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School crossing patrols are to continue in Kings Heath after the city council made some last minute “re-calculations” to its budget.
The lollipop patrols, which keep thousands of Kings Heath school pupils safe every morning and afternoon, had been under threat. Some crossing patrols were due to be axed as part of the budget proposals announced last year.
Now the city's Labour leader John Clancy says he hopes the setting up of a School Crossing Safety Trust can help protect the service from Government spending cuts.
“We made it clear during a very tough budget process that we were looking for a way of funding school crossing patrols and enhancing school crossing safety,” says Cllr Clancy.
“We were in a situation where we probably had to consider losing some school crossing patrols in terms of funding unless we decided to come up with another way of doing things.
“But we can’t keep going through this every year,” he adds, “so we’re going to continue to develop the Trust model. We need to reduce the costs to the Council and to that end I’ve already had encouraging talks with potential partners and will continue to work on this important area.”
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