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Calls For Lollipop Lady After Child Is Hit By Car

Thursday April 17 2014

A CHILD being hit by a car outside school has prompted further calls from concerned locals for a new lollipop lady.

A ten-year-old boy was taken to Barnsley Hospital with a suspected broken leg after the incident at Kexborough Primary School, shortly after 9am on April 2.

The school, which has been without a lollipop lady since Maureen Outram's retirement 12 months ago, has even been the subject of a local petition to bring in a replacement.

Kexborough's executive headteacher Sharon Rossides said there is certain criteria to be met in order for a crossing patrol to be put in place.

"The local authority do regular checks on the volume of traffic on Ballfield Lane because there is a school here," she added.

"At no stage has it been to the point where it would trigger a crossing patrol lady.

"The school has done an awful lot to work with the council and Coun Linda Burgess to try and address the safety of children."

She said much had been done to mitigate the problem of having no crossing patrol, such as yellow 'keep clear' zigzag lines being put outside the school to prevent indiscriminate parking.

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Reply Posted by Karen on Thursday April 17 2014 at 10:06
The school could always pay for a crossing patrol if they felt the need. If parents are concerned, ask the school to do so.

Reply Posted by Tommy Taylor on Thursday April 17 2014 at 10:09
One child knocked down is a good enough reason for a crossing patrol. Red tape and statistics are always used as a reason to do nothing. Not good enough

Reply Posted by Penny on Thursday April 17 2014 at 10:13
I agree school could pay. Plus the road should be made to a 20 mph. Some ppl fly on the road and its a quick way for driver to motorway

Reply Posted by sarah on Thursday April 17 2014 at 10:24
My child nearly got hit by a car walking down the path on school premises there needs to be a no go zone for cars except disabled at beginning and end of the school day end of.

Reply Posted by James Saville on Thursday April 17 2014 at 10:27
Or maybe parents should ensure "their" own children get to school safely? After all most of these crazy drivers who "fly" are probably parents themselves. If there is so much concern for child safety surely a few parents could volunteer to do the job of crossing patrol? Problem solved!

Reply Posted by Betty on Thursday April 17 2014 at 10:35
The road is full of cars double parked with parents taking their kids to school. Parents should be made to walk if they live in a reasonable radius. Parents block off side streets and cause pedestrians and other road uses obstruction! Green cross code... Dont cross inbetween parked cars. Outside the school youve no option but to do that. Some school motorists need to take responsibility for their actions and be more considerate.

Reply Posted by David on Thursday April 17 2014 at 10:37
serious thought as also got to be given to no parking outside schools, because so many park on pavements causing danger to children as they try to cross between cars? How about double yellow lines to stop no parking 50metres away from school? or is that too far to walk for most

Reply Posted by Marc on Thursday April 17 2014 at 10:37
A certain criteria? Did I read what the stupid head teacher said correctly?
Does a kid getting knocked down not meet that because they survived or something.
There has always been a crossing patrol there as long as I have ever known. It's MONEY MONEY MONEY... Let's spend thousands knocking a stupid mushroom down in town and squander the rest hey, the children will only get a couple of weeks in the chronicle and then business as usual.
Russell Brand was right. Everyone stop voting.

Reply Posted by murk on Thursday April 17 2014 at 11:53
Marc, it would unbelievably futile if everybody "stops voting" because we have a system where the party that has the most votes out of whatever percentage votes would still get in. Voter apathy is the reason for the ConDem coalition, voter apathy is the reason our council never changes. If you don't want your vote to be wasted, you are better off turning up and spoiling your ballot paper, still gets counted but not towards any party.
That said, all schools should have a crossing patrol. But the council can't pay for it out of the regeneration budget, that's not the way public money works. No matter how hard you wish it, it will not become true.

Reply Posted by X on Thursday April 17 2014 at 10:37
But the council thought it such a great idea to get rid of crossing patrols to save money

Reply Posted by Hannah on Thursday April 17 2014 at 10:38
It is not the schools responsibility to pay for the crossing patrol but what's stopping the presence of some PCSO's in the area at that time, a bit of police support worker presence? Irresponsible drivers - should be ashamed of themselves. It's the same on Darton Lane with Darton Primary. To be fair, the lollipop lady has been close to getting hot a few times - and that's just what I've seen let alone anyone else!!

Reply Posted by a mother on Thursday April 17 2014 at 10:39
I do have to agree with james saville parents are the worst drivers round schools & parents should ensure young clildren are taken to school by a RESPONSABLE ADULT then they should get there safely

Reply Posted by Mark on Thursday April 17 2014 at 11:12
How about teaching children to cross the roads safe. I remember as a child see adverts for the creep cross code and also being taught at school oh to cross the road as well as my parents showing me.
Secondly there should be no parking at all near it around schools, the traffic on Ballfield lane at school times is disgusting parents should look at the selfs for causing danger. And your kids could do with the exercise

Reply Posted by sid on Thursday April 17 2014 at 11:20
Yes Mark,I see it everyday from my office window. Mothers walking kids home and not watching them. A massive percentage of the kids just walk straight across the side street without realising cars could be turning right. The parents are often busy chatting or txting. I dread the day I,ll see a child get run over,and I know its going to happen.

Reply Posted by wendy on Thursday April 17 2014 at 12:02
My kids go to kex school I walk my kids to school everyday like most of the parents that morning that childs mum was with him and the car that hit him was not another parent or speeding the yellow lines ave been there years since I was a kid and so was the crossing lady .it's easy to comment about some where most of you don't live .cars should be band from parking all way along ballfield lane then parents wouldn't not have to walk between parked cars n trying to avoid bus.x

Reply Posted by Alex on Thursday April 17 2014 at 13:25
I'm in total favour with Wendy, plus, if motorists took heed of the signs that say there schools near by and watched for the kids, instead of thinking about getting home one minute earlier, there would'nt be accidents.

It seems like there are a lot of folks on here, that are blaming the mothers and kids. It's the drivers that are at fault. If a kid runs out, you stop! You have plenty of warning, just look around you.

Reply Posted by Alex on Thursday April 17 2014 at 13:25
I'm in total favour with Wendy, plus, if motorists took heed of the signs that say there schools near by and watched for the kids, instead of thinking about getting home one minute earlier, there would'nt be accidents.

It seems like there are a lot of folks on here, that are blaming the mothers and kids. It's the drivers that are at fault. If a kid runs out, you stop! You have plenty of warning, just look around you.

Reply Posted by steph on Thursday April 17 2014 at 18:54
The driver had no chance - he was not speeding the boy stepped onto side ofcar, a large landrover blocked both their views.

Reply Posted by Alex on Saturday April 19 2014 at 10:53
Sorry, but that is no excuse. He must have been traveling faster than "very slow" as the kid got a broken leg. If he could'nt see for parked vehicles, he should not have gone any further and found another route.

Reply Posted by TheWalrus on Sunday April 20 2014 at 13:25
God, what a bozo!! So other drivers should find different routes every time some idiot parks irresponsibly? I'll bet it was a lazy parent driving their lazy kid to school. Hope the lad is OK by the way.

Reply Posted by toni on Thursday April 17 2014 at 12:20
Hope the little boy is ok

Reply Posted by Steph on Thursday April 17 2014 at 13:01
The boy broke his leg but is ok.
Ive been taking my son to school for 3 years, I had 2 near misses WITH the lollipop lady, one was with soneone reversing from thr point we were crossing only stopping at the shreek i made very close to my son, the other was a bus that close i felt the warmth from zhe engine as he ignored crosding lady or she didnt wait for us to get on pavement to go back. Stopping parking on ballfield lane, a marked crossing, stop deliverys to shop around 9, 11, 12 & 3, same with bin lorries to school, busses etc will make this safer. Just bit of common sense. Shut the school drive gates stop teachers leaving til after kids gone and lazy parents parking there aswell! The boy stepped out to look past a landrover parked on junction - the driver of the landrover (a foster parent) saw it happen yet parked there again next day!!

Reply Posted by Me... on Thursday April 17 2014 at 13:06
James its not that easy to just say parent does the crossing, what do we do with our kids while we are doing it?

Reply Posted by Tim on Thursday April 17 2014 at 13:12
I was there at this accident offering assistant and no where was there to be see a reported of any kind
Always a **** !! With a camera taking pictures of someone's misfortune
The broke his leg and hope he is making a speedy recovery
All schools should have a no parking policy and stuff penalties handed out got those who violate it
No parking no excuse

Reply Posted by steph on Thursday April 17 2014 at 18:55
A reporter took this photo, they tried asking me for info thankfully it was after the lad was in the ambulance.

Reply Posted by kexborough resident on Thursday April 17 2014 at 13:14
I live hundred yards from the school and the parking there daily is inconsiderate and selfish double parking all the way down even on the zigzags outside the school. Then you have drivers speeding through like theyre qualifying for a grand prix. Ballfield lane needs speed humps or chicanes and a traffic warfen with camera at school start and end of school day. Ive seen parents drop there kids off in car and they only live hundred yards away

Reply Posted by Nat on Thursday April 17 2014 at 13:41
Why don't parents stop parking outside the school gates and park up the road on a side street cause there the ones putting there own kids at risk and learn there kids to cross the road safely because most of them think it's funny to mess around at the side of the road. Pushing each other, not looking or playing chicken. Think about the person who was driving it's not there fault if the child was messing around.

Reply Posted by guy fawkes on Thursday April 17 2014 at 13:48
may be time for a bit of muscle flexing by the parents and maybe stopping the traffic themselves while the kids are crossing the road if they all work together theyll get what they want.

Reply Posted by wendy on Thursday April 17 2014 at 14:01
Mark I teach my kids how to cross the road safely which am sure most of the parent's do but when you've got parked cars n lots of on coming traffic bus delivery lorrys pulling up.kids age between 3 to 11 don't really care about traffic or yellow lines, signs they just want to see there friends lets be fair kids don't always do as there told x

Reply Posted by sarah on Thursday April 17 2014 at 16:11
People saying kids should be more careful yes they should I agree but my daughter was on the path on school premises so the Dick head parent was to blame for that no account of follow lines or pcsos would have stopped the moron trying to park on the path ban cars near schools simple as. Yes i drive my child to school as i live over 10 miles away but I park 2 streets away he has feet on the end of his legs.

Reply Posted by sarah on Thursday April 17 2014 at 16:12
Yellow lines...

Reply Posted by scott on Thursday April 17 2014 at 18:32
My 2 girls go to the school and car are double parked all the time I always park in the car park and there is all ways about 10 or 12 free space its just down to laziness of the other parents if you ask me and plain ignarance I am surprised something fare more serious has not happend be for now

Reply Posted by WTF on Thursday April 17 2014 at 19:56
Your calling parents lazy who dont ignore letters from school saying NOT TO PARK IN SCHOOL CARPARK your the lazy idiot kids have to watch out for walking accross the pavement ffs!

Reply Posted by x on Thursday April 17 2014 at 22:15
they should have some one on patrol issuing on the spot fines the ones parking illegally just to get closer would soon stop if they were getting £50 fine twice a day

Reply Posted by Mark Simms on Friday April 18 2014 at 10:39
There are over 130 educational institutes on the Barnsley area so how on earth are the police to patrol all these twice a day ??
Surely we have to take responsibility for our own community, we all play a part in this, parents need to be educated in the dangers of parking so close to the schools and we have a job to challenge these irresponsible parents. The lady that parked on the corner of uplands avenue on the morning of this knock down did so the next day ! I wonder if anyone spoke to her about her actions ? I doubt it and I'm as guilty but this is something we all have to do. Challenge anyone that parks Inconsiderately outside the school and if they ignore take a photo with your mobile and we should name and shame them lays year over 2400 children were seriously hurt or killed on the UK's roads. We could have quite easily been laying flowers on Ballfield Lane
The shop also has to take responsibility and not have deliveries made at the beginning and end of school time. The shop provides a good service to the community but you also have to be aware of the dangers of delivery truck being parked here

Reply Posted by LV on Friday April 18 2014 at 18:43
If it happened shortly after 9am the lollipop lady, had there been one, would have gone by then anyway!! When I was at school I knew as soon as I got to the hill that if the lollipop lady wasn't there that it was already past 9am. Why can they not have the care taker or a volunteer do a crossing patrol?!

Reply Posted by Nic on Saturday April 19 2014 at 23:07
My youngests school,heathergarth primary no longer have a crossing lady,the amount of times I have stopped to let people cross outside the gates n cars have overtaken me nearly hitting children parents is unbelievable,every school should have a 10mph limit outside it.

Reply Posted by John on Sunday April 20 2014 at 09:29
Alex, the child ran into the road, into the road without having any sense of danger. The car did not mount the pavement and knock down the child, THIS WAS NOT THE CAR DRIVERS FAULT !!!
The physiology of a child is one that will easily be broke under such force.
Two points to raise, firstly, it is impossible to drive at speed on Ballfield lane at school times due to some irresponsible prarents parking, I have witnessed parents walking out infront of cars never mind children.
My second point is, if the driver had been travelling at above 20 Mph the child would without doubt suffered much more serious injuries that a broken lower leg (tubular, fibula or both). At 30mph it would have been near fatal.

The blame lays with the irresponsible Parker in this area and the lack of education on how to cross the roads

Reply Posted by Louise on Sunday April 20 2014 at 13:11
All schools should have lollipop lady's just incase, especially at primary schools! Don't blame the driver, there's 2 sides to every story. The boy could have just ran out on the road without looking or the driver could have not been looking! It's unfair to just assume and accuse!

Reply Posted by Steph on Sunday April 20 2014 at 15:08
It happened at 9:00, 9:01 at a push, the lollipop lady used to stay there til 9:15. The boy stopped to look, stepped forward to see past car and was hit :(. It wasn't a parent who hit him just someone on their way to work. The council never changed the signs last year when the lollipop lady retired so see i pic still look like a patrol on.

Reply Posted by jules on Monday April 21 2014 at 23:41
Parking horrendous but then half of parents drive there kids to school which live 10 yards road n then park at school n make it difficult and also a blind spot how about use your legs ..hope the boys ok though ...n no matter what you say cut backs will always come first to goverment ..my lads school same no lollypop lady n thats on a main road not a village i have seen many parents cross there kids at the wrong place n had near misses instead of using the crossing n the receptionist then has to tell them to use crossing ..but do they listen NO n then its always the drivers fault for there stupidity of not using crossing...

Reply Posted by live in kexbrough on Tuesday April 22 2014 at 14:52
At end of day it's a school road and all school roads should be 20mph with a lollipop lady outside the school for extra protection of the schoolkids. Parents are to blame for the ridiculous parking. All children who live in walking distance of the school should walk it's simple and yeah I do understand that not all the schoolkids live locally so don't park bang smack outside the school park further down the road so the road outside the school is kept clear and also makes the parents job easier so there not having to step out from behind parked cars to see if it is clear. No cars parked outside the school, lollipop lady outside with a new speed limit of 20mph, now who do we go to, to get this in motion?

Reply Posted by Truth on Wednesday April 23 2014 at 22:39
Parents stop being inconsiderate park 1/2 mile from school walk the rest with your child. That way you would loose weight instead of racing home to fill your bellies with biscuits and watching Jeremy Kyle.