Council bosses’ u-turn on crossings
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