‘Victory’ hailed as lollipop lady sought for Sheffield 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.
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 new lollipop lady will be found for a Sheffield school where more than 1,000 parents called for action as ‘soon as possible’, a council meeting heard today.

The petition concerning Ecclesall Junior School, backed by 1,116 people in just seven weeks, was taken to the city council’s full meeting.

It also called for more safety measures at the school, such as a 20mph zone.

Mum Louise Colgate told councillors: “I have been horrified by what I have seen on a daily basis - cars just not stopping for children.”

She said the vacant post had been advertised on Tuesday night, five months after the last lollipop lady left with back problems.

She added: “The road is too fast, I want somebody to assess the road and look at the dangers children are having to take.”

The meeting was told that the road would be assessed and the council would also look at the possibility of putting speed indication displays near the school.

Coun Jayne Dunn, cabinet member for Streetscene, said: “I have been assured that the vacancy will get processed as soon as possible because we are aware that we need to get a crossing warden in place.

“There will be someone going out to assess the site - we are on to it.”

After the meeting Louise said the situation now looked ‘positive’ and praised the cross-party support from politicians to put the ‘safety of children first.’

Liberal Democrat councillor Penny Baker said she would now seek a meeting with the local area partnership to discuss problems from Ringinglow Road to Ecclesall Road as there are many schools and facilities nearby.

Sheffield Hallam MP Nick Clegg, who backed the petition after visiting the school, said: “This is fantastic news for the parents and children at the school.

“The situation was very dangerous and it was silly that the the recruitment process up for so long.

“This is a victory for parents, and it’s great news that the school will soon have a new crossing warden in place to protect children as they cross the road.”

Oliver Coppard, the Labour candidate for Hallam, was at the meeting after working with Louise.

He said: “Well done to Louise on putting together the petition and getting so many people to sign it in such a short space of time.”