West Berkshire Council

Start date: 2015-11-03
End date: 2015-12-14
Results: 2016-03-03
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[ARCHIVED] Budget Proposal 2016/17 - Phase One: School Crossing Patrol

Part of the range of West Berkshire Council's budget proposals for 2016/17, with supporting information and Equality Impact Assessments

If you haven't already seen our video explaining why these changes are being proposed, please visit our Budget Proposals 2016/17 webpage.

Background

We have eight school crossing patrol points. This is not a statutory service, and parents are responsible, by law, to get their children to school safely, regardless of whether there is a crossing patroller in place.

Many other Local Authorities have removed their crossing patrol services completely. However, we recognise how much communities value this service, and we have developed a scheme to work with partners to deliver school crossing patrols. This means that staffing, management and funding of the patrol is operated by someone else, under a formal contractual agreement. We provide training, an initial supply of uniform, a lollipop and audit safeguarding checks. Only named people, approved by us can operate the crossing. This new arrangement is now in place for two crossing patrols. The remaining six are:

  • Long Lane, Tilehurst
  • Spurcroft, Thatcham
  • John Rankin, Newbury
  • Pangbourne
  • Mortimer St John's
  • St Paul's, Tilehurst

The latter two are currently vacant and we have been unable to recruit to these posts. We have engaged with the local communities to start an open and honest conversation about these difficulties, and to see whether a solution can be found. We acknowledge that parents have a strong desire for a school crossing patroller and want to work with the community, in partnership, to solve the issues.

The School Crossing Patrol service costs £21,000 per annum.

The salary cost of one School Crossing Patroller is approximately £2,500 per annum. We will have a small sum on money available to still fund uniforms, lollipops etc.


Proposal

We will no longer fund or manage the school crossing patrol. This will save £21,000.

We are seeking to work with a partner, where there is a desire for a patrol to continue. Full details of how this works are on our School Crossing Patrollers webpage and we welcome expressions of interest.

If a partner does not come forward for a specific site, the school crossing patrol on that site will cease.


What do we think the impact will be?

Legally, it remains the parents' responsibility to get their children to school safely. We anticipate that parents will be concerned about taking on this responsibility and about traffic speed and volume. However, in the same way that a parent might accompany a child across the road at the weekends, they will have that responsibility on school days. Parents may wish to arrange for another adult to act on their behalf.


What else have we considered in arriving at our proposal?

We met with the Headteachers of the schools with school crossing patrols in May 2015 to discuss the issues, and to begin to seek alternative sustainable solutions. We have also approached the community, where there is a vacancy, to see if they are prepared to partner with us for their patrol, including funding the service.


This consultation is closed.

What you told us

We received 66 responses to this consultation.

We have condensed all your comments into the 'Summary of Responses' and everything you said, word for word, is contained in 'Verbatim Responses'.

These can be found in 'Documents' below.

What we did

A recommendation on how to proceed with this proposal was made to the Executive Members on  11 February 2016.

This can also be found below in 'Overview and Recommendation'.

Following this, at the Full Council Meeting on 1 March 2016, all Members discussed this proposal as part of setting the Revenue Budget for 2016/17.

At the vote, the budget was agreed with the suggested amendments.

It was agreed to proceed with this proposal.

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