New crossing patrol appeal

October 05 2017
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A WELLS school is making a last-ditch attempt to recruit a school crossing patrol person or face having to return the money provided to pay for them.

In 2015, parents walking their children to Stoberry Park School from the east of the city expressed concerns about how dangerous it was to cross St Thomas Street.

In July of that year a location on St Thomas Street, between the junctions of North Road and Beryl Lane and opposite the former hospital, was assessed by Somerset County Council as being suitable for a school crossing patrol – but still the post is vacant.

On two occasions candidates for the role have been recruited, only for them to find other employment due to delays in the council’s occupational health provider, OH Assist, arranging the necessary health checks.

Wells City Council has provided a grant towards the cost of the school crossing patrol but the money has to be returned soon unless the school can recruit a new candidate.

“We are looking for a community-minded local resident who would like to help the children get to and from school safely every day,” said headteacher Michael Hawkins.

“There has recently been a consultation about putting double yellow lines on the south side of North Road to reduce the dangerous parking around the school.

“It is hoped that by making St Thomas Street safer to cross more families might walk to and from school.”

The crossing patrol person would need to work five hours a week – half an hour at the beginning and the end of each school day. Full training and a uniform will be provided.

Anyone interested should call the school on 01749 672516 or email agouldney2@educ.somerset.gov.uk