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Child safety bid may be thwarted

PUBLISHED: 22:56 16 November 2001 | UPDATED: 15:21 03 March 2010

A BID to help children safely across one of Felixstowe's busiest roads may be thwarted before it even gets started - because no-one can be found to take on the job.

A BID to help children safely across one of Felixstowe's busiest roads may be thwarted before it even gets started – because no-one can be found to take on the job.

County council chiefs have agreed to fund a "lollipop" person to help youngsters attending Fairfield Infants and Colneis Junior schools to cross Beatrice Avenue.

The crossing patrol warden would be sited at the cross-roads junction of Dellwood Avenue and Fairfield Avenue, said to be one of the most dangerous in the town and for which a safety scheme is currently being designed.

But despite advertising the post twice, so far no-one has come forward for the job – and now parents of children at the schools – many visit both each day because they have children at each – are being asked if they know someone who may be interested.

Head teacher at Colneis Junior, Joan Bostock said: "The governors of Colneis have been trying to get a crossing patrol for Beatrice Avenue to make the journey from Fairfield to Colneis a little bit easier.

"Suffolk County Council have agreed to provide this service but after advertising the post twice they have had no applicants.

"If we really want this crossing patrol then we need to try to get someone to fill this post. If we do not fill this post then we will have lost our chance of improving the safety of our children."

The crossing patrol warden would work Monday to Friday during term-time from 8.25am to 9.05am and from 3.25pm to 3.55pm – a total of five hours and 25 minutes a week. The hourly rate is £4.97 per hour, with a half pay retainer during school holidays.

County council officials say the post is also suitable for a job share, with perhaps one person willing to work mornings and one afternoons. Anyone who would like more information should ring Mary Jarrett, school crossing patrol supervisor, on 01473 583291.

Parents have suffered difficulties for a long time crossing Beatrice Avenue, the main road into Felixstowe town centre in rush hour for most people, because the road is lined with trees which affect drivers' visibility. There has been at least one serious accident at the spot.

Work is taking place to design a safety scheme for the junction, extend yellow lines to stop parking near it and increase drivers' visibility.

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