Coun­cil bosses’ u-turn on cross­ings

Sale & Altrincham Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - TODD FITZGER­ALD todd.fitzger­ald@men­media.co.uk @TFitzger­aldMEN

SCHOOL cross­ing pa­trols fac­ing the axe on ‘the busiest road in Traf­ford’ are set to re­main open af­ter a back­lash from par­ents, teach­ers and chil­dren.

Town hall bosses planned to scrap 31 pa­trols un­der cost-sav­ing plans. Four, deemed ‘low-risk’ by trans­port bosses, were ear­marked for clo­sure on the A56.

Par­ents protested against plans to scrap the pa­trol for Tyn­tes­field Pri­mary at the East­way junc­tion of Wash­way Road - and called on coun­cil chiefs to re­con­sider af­ter a lol­lipop man was hit by a van dur­ing rush hour.

John Naggs, 58, was struck by a white van’s wing mir­ror as he walked off Wash­way Road af­ter help­ing chil­dren and par­ents cross at rush hour.

Pe­ti­tions were handed in to save other pa­trols along the busy road - and a con­sul­ta­tion on the is­sue was re­opened af­ter MPs Kate Green and Mike Kane voiced ‘ma­jor con­cerns’.

Coun­cil bosses also saw op­po­si­tion to plans to axe the Sey­mour Park pa­trol on Northum­ber­land Road.

Re­veal­ing amended bud­get pro­pos­als, town hall chiefs say five at-risk cross­ing pa­trols will now stay. They are: Wash­way Road/East­way, Sale (Tyn­tes­field pri­mary)

Ch­ester Road/Green Street, Stret­ford (St Matthews)

Ch­ester Road/Davy­hulme Road East, Stret­ford (St Ann’s RC pri­mary, Vic­to­ria Park in­fants and ju­niors)

Ch­ester Road/Tay­lors Road, Gorse Hill (GorseHill Pri­mary/Stret­ford High)

Northum­ber­land Road/ Lillian Street, Old Traf­ford (Sey­mour Park Pri­mary)

Coun­cil bosses ad­mit the changes are ‘quite a con­ces­sion’ but in­sist they have re­sponded to res­i­dents’ con­cerns.

Op­po­si­tion Labour coun­cil­lors have wel­comed the changes.

Deputy group leader Catherine Hynes told the ex­ec­u­tive last month plans to leave chil­dren to ‘fend for them­selves’ on a num­ber of roads made her ‘blood boil’.

Labour leader An­drew West­ern said: “It’s the right de­ci­sion, but the pro­pos­als should never have been on the ta­ble in the first place.”

Coun­cil leader Sean An­stee said: “Peo­ple told us this is the busiest road in Traf­ford.

“There are ex­cep­tional cir­cum­stances with th­ese points.

“We’ve taken the view that we should re­tain th­ese cross­ing pa­trols.

“We’ve lis­tened to what peo­ple have said and I think this is the right de­ci­sion, so chil­dren can cross safely.”

The changes will mean £145,000 cuts to pa­trols will be re­duced by £31,000.

Lol­lipop man John Naggs

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