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Crossing patrol victory for Batley & Spen schools

windmill_crossing_patrolsJo Cox MP has welcomed Kirklees Council’s decision to fill three crossing patrol vacancies at primary schools in Batley & Spen.

Mrs Cox was approached by parents at Lydgate J&I in Batley, the head boy from Windmill Primary in Birstall and parents at Headlands J&I in Liversedge, all concerned about the safety of pupils when crossing nearby roads.

The council, which has no statutory duty to provide crossing patrols, wrote to all three schools to say their crossing patrol vacancies would not be filled.

But Mrs Cox lobbied the council for six weeks and following this pressure they announced this week that they will advertise for new crossing patrols and fund them until April 2016.

“When Kirklees talks about having its budget cut by the Government to the tune of £152million per year, this is exactly what it means. This is the human face of what the Government’s cuts mean for communities such as ours,” said Mrs Cox.

“Kirklees has funded these in the past because it had the money but now that money has been taken away. Many councils, such as neighbouring Calderdale, don’t fund crossing patrols at all and as the cuts bite harder schools and parents in Kirklees will need to look at other options.

“Moving forward I will continue to work alongside the council, schools and parents to find a sustainable way to make sure local children can cross the road safely.”

Mrs Cox has visited two of the schools, met with staff, parents and pupils, and is due to visit the third following their approach this week. She was also interviewed by Look North with Windmill’s head boy Devan Simon-McBride.

Mrs Cox is pictured with Tim Scargill, head at Windmill Primary, and head boy Devan Simon-McBride.