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Cornish Lollipop Patrols Face Cuts

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 7:01am 2nd September 2014

Pirate FM has learnt lollipop patrols could be stripped from some Cornish schools to save money.

The council says it would claw back £80,000 over four years.

It insists the move would not hit safety because it would only happen at places where there is already a zebra or pelican crossing in place.

In a 160 page report, detailing cuts worth almost £200m, the council said: "Pedestrian safety will not be reduced, but the perception will be that children will be less safe without assistance on formal crossings. It may generate comments from schools and parents."

Parents Pirate FM spoke to in Redruth hit out at the idea. One told us: "Children are absent minded and they don't always think - they need guidance."

Another added: "One slip of the hand and they're gone."

Alex Folkes is in charge of drawing up the budget at Cornwall Council. He said: "I don't believe that we're compromising safety in any way.

"I think that they [lollipop ladies and men] provide reassurance but I believe they are safe crossings already without their presence there.

"This is an area where, regrettably, we are going to have to make savings. So that's in the proposals at the moment, but we will go out and talk to the people concerned."

Among the other plans to save money are schemes to make drivers pay to park on the street, shutting toilets in the winter and taking away staff printers.

Pirate FM reported how hundreds of jobs are set to go as part of the shake-up.

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