Plea from parents

Parents and children from Christ Church Junior School in Pellon are fighting to save their lollipop lady from council cuts.

Parents and children from Christ Church Junior School in Pellon are fighting to save their lollipop lady from council cuts.

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PARENTS have hit out at a cost-cutting idea to get rid of lollipop ladies, saying it will put their children’s lives at risk.

Mum-of-two Jane Marriott has launched a petition urging town hall chiefs to rethink the proposal, which was revealed in Calderdale Council’s draft budget.

She said: “If you’re going to make cuts, think of something else. You can’t put a price on our children’s lives.”

Her five-year-old son Ashley attends Christ Church Junior School in Pellon, Halifax, where crossing warden Glenis Burd faces losing her job.

“The road outside the school is terrible with parked cars, and cars just don’t stop for you.

“On the few days Glenis has had to take off it has been bedlam.

“She is much more than just a lollipop lady, she’s our friend. No matter what the weather she’s smiley and chatty. Ashley even bought her some thermal socks for Christmas as he said it must be really cold being out here all day – he doesn’t realise she goes home during the day!”

The Courier reported last month how crossing patrols could be taken over by teachers and volunteers from September to save the council £250,000 a year.

Council leader Janet Battye said: “A proposal in the draft budget, currently out for consultation, suggests that schools be responsible for funding crossing patrols. No decisions have been made as yet.

“This is part of the draft budget that will be considered by Calderdale Council on February 28.”