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Petition Starts After Retiring Lollipop Lady Is Not Replaced

Wednesday March 27 2013

No replacement for retiring lollipop lady No replacement for retiring lollipop lady

KEXBOROUGH Primary School's lollipop lady retired on Friday after more than 20 years and there are no plans to replace her - prompting locals to start a petition.

Maureen Outram, 67, helps children cross Ballfield Road safely but her retirement is marred because employer Barnsley Council is not recruiting a replacement.

Maureen - who lives opposite the school - took the job because of how busy the road is.

"I was going across the road one day and I said to the lollipop lady there who was leaving, what's it like doing this? The headteacher at the time then asked me if I'd like to take over," she said.

Maureen has decided to call it a day because she turns 68 this year, but believes it's important someone else is brought in after her.

"Children just run right across the road - somebody will get hurt, it's terrible," she said.

A petition was started on Monday by Deborah Steadman, postmistress at Kexborough Post Office, who is encouraging locals to sign it and put pressure on the council to replace Maureen.

Deborah said: "It's the kids we are concerned about and their safety. Not replacing Maureen is putting kids lives at risk, the council cut backs have gone too far. It's ridiculous, you cannot put a price on a child's life."

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Reply Posted by Michelle vaines on Wednesday March 27 2013 at 10:11
instead of starting petition why dont one of them take job!!!

Reply Posted by Bill g on Wednesday March 27 2013 at 10:12
Bloody stupid kids lives at risk Bet they save loads of money cutting a 10 hour a week job and crap pay must save council thousands

Reply Posted by Joni on Wednesday March 27 2013 at 10:14
@Michelle They can't just take the job, the council would have to approve it and as the article says the council aren't replacing her...

Reply Posted by Ben on Wednesday March 27 2013 at 10:34
Barnsley council strikes again! What a bunch of plebs!

Reply Posted by lisa on Wednesday March 27 2013 at 10:42
Has the council said this x

Reply Posted by Scott Skirrow on Wednesday March 27 2013 at 10:57
PLEASE don't anyone volunteer to do it for free.... Its the army of 'do good' volunteers that has crippled the employment market... Fair enough, fully admire them them for their dedication to what they are doing.... But at the end of the day, they are doing jobs where they should be getting paid, or have replaced someone that was originally in a paid position... The job centre is just as bad, forcing people to work on schemes for their benefits... I know of companies who now rely on this forced labour for their full workforce, when originally they employed 6 full time 'paid' staff... Why is Employment Services' thinking they are trying to better the employment market, when infact they are crippling it... Or are they just too 'thick' to see it.. Let Barnsley Council pay out for someone, we all pay for these services, lets have them please.... If all these volunteer jobs were paid, it would be a lot more money been spent in shops = Better Economy.. Huge companies are coming to rely on this free labour because of all the money they can save on wages.... Lining their own pockets with the savings, another case of the Richer gets Richer!!!! Simple fact is, these jobs need doing, if no one volunteered, they would have to pay someone..

Reply Posted by Brut on Wednesday March 27 2013 at 15:17
Are the council doing this to save money or are they saying the road doesn't warrant a lollipop lady?
If it's to save money then shame on them, the saving must be so small in relation to the council budget.
If they don't think the road needs a lollipop lady then have they have to tell the school and parents why.
I suspect it's money driven.

Reply Posted by laura on Thursday March 28 2013 at 14:19
well said scott xx

Reply Posted by School employee on Thursday March 28 2013 at 16:22
Unfortunately this is a problem for many schools in the authority and one our school is also struggling with. According to the council they have no legal obligation to provide crossing patrols to any school and are one of the few councils where they are still able to provide some support to a limited number of schools. They are, as we all know, working with a greatly reduced budget and unfortunately this is one service they are not providing to all schools. Some of you may know the school I work at from this post and i have even said i will put on the yellow jacket, grab the lollypop stick and do the morning and evening crossings as often as i can BUT... the council have told me that this is probably not possible due to insurance purposes, as if i stand in the road and either cause an accident or get knocked down i will no be covered. Apparently at our school a traffic survey indicated that a crossing patrol was not needed due to pedestrian flow crossing the road, its a shame they haven't looked at the road accident stats that show 3 children and and elderly gentleman have been run over within 80 yards of the school in the last 6 months.
I understand there are budget cuts and that some services may have to be reduced but the ones that help protect our children surely are worth fighting for and saving.

Reply Posted by Kay on Thursday March 28 2013 at 22:37
The road is mad and its needs a lollipop person to see children crossing. Cars are parked at both side of road . Plus ppl take a short cut to get in the motor way is mad.
Should make it 20 miles road.

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