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Clowne, Creswell & Whitwell: Uncertain future for school crossing wardens

Guardian News

Guardian News

 

The future of school crossing wardens in Clowne, Creswell and Whitwell is uncertain with more budgets cuts expected at Derbyshire County Council.

Known to most as the ‘lollipop lady’ or ‘lollipop man,’ they have been helping young children cross the road safely to school for years.

But now they could be a thing of the past as the authority needs to save £157 million by 2015.

Leader Coun Anne Western said: “In 2010, the Government told us these cuts would last for five years.”

“With every year that has passed since, the cuts have got deeper and stretch further into the future.”

“We need to be absolutely clear – we do not want to make these unrelenting cuts which will affect services local people rely on.”

“The Government has left us no choice and we are having to think the unthinkable.”

“We are laying our cards on the table because we want local people to understand the scale of what we are dealing with and this is what we need to do to balance the books over the next three years.”

“We are doing all we can to protect services from cuts by continually looking for new and better ways of doing things and if we can avoid making some of these cuts further down the road then we will.”

*Are you a school crossing warden ? Do you know somebody who is ? Email your thoughts to liam.norcliffe@jpress.co.uk.

 

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