Children’s safety is the priority

In response to a letter last week from Frank Newton about school crossing patrols, I would like to assure everyone that our children’s safety remains paramount.

Unfortunately, we are facing tough economic times and must make a saving of £38million over the next financial year in 2015/16.

This means we have to take a closer look at all the services across the council to see how target savings can be made.

I would like to clarify that we are not cutting the school crossing patrol service but are looking to do things differently and the council is exploring a number of options to make the challenging £145,000 savings.

One of the options we are considering include charging schools for the school crossing patrol service starting with academies – but these are just initial proposals and we are still consulting on these plans.

These are difficult financial times for the Council and it is inevitable that cuts have to be made.

Coun David Dagger

Cabinet Member for Transport and Highways