Fury as an­other lol­lipop man faces the chop

MSP leads out­cry

East Kilbride News - - NEWS - Mark Pirie

The axe is set to fall on an­other pop­u­lar East Kil­bride lol­lipop man just months af­ter it ap­peared his job was saved.

South La­nark­shire Coun­cil say Jim McCul­loch, who has helped young­sters from St Ken­neth’s a n d Ki r k t o n h o l me p r i mar y schools safely cross Ste­wart­field Cres­cent at i t s junc­tion with Lymekilns for the last nine years, will be re­moved later this month.

In April, af­ter it was a n n o u n c e d t hat 2 2 l o l l i p o p s t af f were t o be c ut, par­ents c e l e brat e d a f t e r t he c ouncil re v eal ed t hey would re main pend­ing a re­view.

Last week we re­vealed that Maxwellt on Pr i mar y S c hool pupils and par­ents were fu­ri­ous to learn that pop­u­lar lol­lipop man David Lang will be re­moved from Maxwell­ton Av­enue.

For­mer East Kilbr i de West coun­cil­lor and cur­rent Cen­tral S c ot l a nd Tor y MSP Gra­ham Simp­son has hit out.

“Be­fore the lo­cal elec­tions this was put to one side and now just a few months later it’s back,” he said.

“It must have been de­cided that it was too tricky to deal with be­fore an election and it is now for the SNP ad­min­is­tra­tion to step in and sort some­thing out.

“It’s not a mat­ter of money, it’s about road safety. Chil­dren have to be safe.

“These men who are be­ing cut are not just com­modi­ties that you can get rid of – they pro­vide a vi­tal ser­vice.”

South La­nark­shire Coun­cil’s head of roads and trans­porta­tion ser­vices, Gor­don Mackay, said: “A num­ber of pa­trollers will be re­moved on a grad­ual ba­sis, where it is ap­pro­pri­ate to do so.

“These pre­dom­i­nantly cover lo­ca­tions where there are a small num­ber of chil­dren us­ing the pa­trollers.

“Risk as­sess­ments have been car­ried out at lo­ca­tions where i t was pro­posed t o re­move a pa­troller to en­sure roads could still be crossed safely pro­vided that rea­son­able care is taken and that chil­dren are ac­com­pa­nied by an adult if re­quired.”

Cam­paign Lol­lipop man Jim McCul­loch has the com­mu­nity’s sup­port

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