No more cross­ing help

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

South La­nark­shire Coun­cil is set to change the cri­te­ria for sec­ondary schools to be el­i­gi­ble for a cross­ing pa­troller.

If the pro­posed changes get the go-ahead, it will make it harder for par­ents to suc­cess­fully ap­ply for a manned cross­ing.

Coun­cil­lors on a Road Safety Fo­rum are ex­pected to­day (Wed­nes­day) to give the plan the green light, although the changes have al­ready been agreed in prin­ci­ple by an ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee when dis­cussing this year’s sav­ings plan.

The cur­rent cri­te­ria is based on a com­plex cal­cu­la­tion us­ing pedes­trian de­mand and ve­hi­cle flow.

A num­ber of fac­tors are com­bined to es­tab­lish a for­mula. If the fig­ure passes a thresh­old of 148,000, then a pa­troller is judged to be“clearly jus­ti­fied.”If it falls be­tween 74,000 and 148,000, then other en­vi­ron­men­tal fac­tors may be taken into ac­count.

Un­der the pro­posed cri­te­ria, even if a site scores above 148,000, fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion will be re­quired be­fore a pa­troller is brought in - if the site serves only a sec­ondary school. The as­sess­ment will con­sider in­jury and ac­ci­dent his­tory, speed and vol­ume of traf­fic, the num­ber of ac­cept­able gaps in the traf­fic and sight-lines to al­low pedes­tri­ans to cross safely.

If the for­mula is be­low 148,000, then a pa­troller will not be con­sid­ered.

A re­port to coun­cil­lors will state the coun­cil’s po­si­tion“is that pupils of sec­ondary school age should, in gen­eral, be ca­pa­ble of cross­ing the road safely them­selves.”

The re­port adds:“Should par­ents be of the view that par­tic­u­lar chil­dren are not ca­pa­ble of cross­ing the road safely then it is the re­spon­si­bil­ity of par­ents to en­sure that their chil­dren get to school safely.”

Cri­te­ria for pri­mary cross­ings is not be­ing con­sid­ered un­der the pro­posal.

Three cross­ing pa­trollers have al­ready been re­moved serv­ing Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang sec­ondary schools.

Cross­ings at Calder­wood Road/ Glen­side Drive, South­hill Av­enue/ Calder­wood Road and Dukes Road/ Glen­side Drive were wound up in April.

Jackie Rinn, of Half­way Com­mu­nity Coun­cil, said:“This is one of the is­sues we had ac­tu­ally raised – how can you get chil­dren safely across the road? It brings up the is­sue of when a child is deemed to be‘re­spon­si­ble’. If you left your child at home by them­selves, that would be deemed ir­re­spon­si­ble, but we are told they are able to cross busy roads.”

Coun­cil­lors at the Road Safety Fo­rum are ex­pected to refuse a bid for a cross­ing pa­troller on Croft Road at John­son Drive in Cam­bus­lang.

Head of roads and trans­porta­tion, Gor­don Mackay, said:“The coun­cil’s Road Safety Fo­rum will be asked to note a change to the as­sess­ment cri­te­ria for the pro­vi­sion of school

Stop It will be­come harder for par­ents to get a cross­ing pa­troller for sec­ondary schools cross­ing pa­trollers at sec­ondary schools. This will be ap­plied to new re­quests.

“The re­spon­si­bil­ity of as­sess­ing if a child is com­pe­tent enough to cross any road lies with par­ents.

“If a par­ent feels their child can­not make a jour­ney to school safely they should ar­range for an adult to ac­com­pany the child to and from school.”

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