Anger as lollipop crossing is moved

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DISGRUNTLED parents have spoken out after the lollipop man who ensures their children cross a busy road safely was moved without them knowing anything about it.

Parents at Throston Primary School, in Flint Walk, Hartlepool, were left fuming after their children went out to school on Monday morning – only to come back 10 minutes later saying there wasn’t a lollipop man in the usual spot in Throston Grange Lane.

Council bosses have now apologised and say the change is only a trial.

The parents went out to the original spot to find he had been moved around 200 ft up the road without them knowing anything about it.

They say on such a busy road that it is dangerous for children on their own and they should have been warned that the lollipop man was going to be moved.

The angry parents also said there should be speed-bumps installed in the approach to the school to slow down speeding traffic.

Joanne McDonald, 40, a mum-of-three, who lives in Greenfinch Close, Hartlepool, said: “They shouldn’t have moved the lollipop man without the parents knowing about it.

“When we found out on Monday morning we went in to see the headteacher, but even he knew nothing about it.

“It’s dangerous for children to be walking on their own on a morning.

“But on Monday we had to walk a long way past the school to turn back on ourselves and come back.”

The lollipop man had been moved back closer towards the school on Tuesday morning.

But Tracy Muir, 40, a mum-of-two, from Linnet Road, Hartlepool, said he is now directly opposite a drive so it won’t be long until he has to be moved again.

Tracy said: “It was the way they did it which annoyed me.

“It’s too busy here on a morning for the children to not know where they are crossing.”

But the parents said more should be done for the children’s safety and argued for speed bumps to be introduced in Anglesey Grove.

Joanne added: “We must be the only school in Hartlepool which doesn’t have speed bumps in the road leading up to it.

“We appreciate that Throston Grange Lane is part of the ambulance route, but why can’t they put any on Anglesey?

“A friend of mine was knocked over there not so long ago when she was walking over the road with a baby in her arms.

“It’s like the Wacky Races there on a morning.

“Something needs to be done about it before there is a serious accident.”

A council spokesman said: “The school crossing patrol has been temporarily re-located to a point approximately 60 metres west of where it was to try to address issues of people crossing the road dangerously at Montgomery Grove.

“The early indications are that more people are already using the school crossing patrol, but we intend to continue monitoring the situation for at least a month.

“Letters informing parents of the temporary re-location were sent out via Throston Primary School on Monday, although we acknowledge that this should have happened earlier. We would like to apologise for any inconvenience experienced by pedestrians who were unaware of the change when they went to use the School Crossing Patrol on Monday morning.

“In terms of problems with speeding traffic on the road leading to Throston Grange Primary School.

“We would urge people to contact us with their concerns so that they can be fully investigated to see what action, if any, is needed.”

l Anyone who would like to air their views can telephone (01429) 523590 or (01429) 523309, or e-mail paul.watson@hartlepool.gov.uk or david.oates@hartlepool.gov.uk.