1,000 sign petition for Sheffield school lollipop lady

Unhappy parents at Ecclesall C of E Junior School have set up a petition about the lack of a crossing patrol outside the school.
Unhappy parents at Ecclesall C of E Junior School have set up a petition about the lack of a crossing patrol outside the school.
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A massive 1,000 people have signed a petition calling for a new lollipop lady and crossing near a Sheffield school.

The pledge was started after a reckless driver drove through a crossing near Ecclesall CE Junior School, Ringinglow Road, while children were walking on it..

It was the final straw for concerned parents who are now planning to take their fight to Sheffield Council’s full meeting next month.

The school’s previous crossing warden left in October, due to a bad back.

Mum Louise Colgate, of High Storrs, said: “The level of support for the petition has been amazing, it just shows how local people really feel about this issue.

“But we are still trying to reach 2,500 signatures before the petition closing date of February 3.”

The petition, to be presented on February 4, is also asking the council to consider other traffic calming measures near the school - ideally a crossing.

However the vacant warden post has not even been advertised yet.

Louise said she was ‘astounded’ the position had not yet been advertised.

Emma Hardy, headteacher at Ecclesall infant and junior schools, said parents from High Storrs School had also signed the petition.

“We know that we have got parents that would like to do the job, and we’ve had that since October”, she added.

“We know we have to go through all the procedure with the LEA, and it is a long process, but we are thinking of the children here - we have to put them first.”

Deputy Prime Minister and Sheffield Hallam MP Nick Clegg visited the school and was told of the campaign.

A council spokesman said no warden posts were to be made redundant and seven were needed across the city.

She added: “It does take some time to get people in post due to the relevant reference and CRB checks required, but we hope to have a new warden for Ecclesall in the next couple of months.

“We know wardens play a valuable role within our communities and are highly regarded.

“Being a warden is a great way of working at the heart of the community while keeping children safe, so we hope to see applications from as many people as possible.”

Visit http://tinyurl.com/ringinglowroadpetition to sign the petition. For more on crossing warden vacancies call 0114 27 35 818.