Burn Valley Councillor Jonathan Brash earlier this month called for crossing patrol staff to be provided for children in Park Road, Hartlepool after a female school crossing patrol warden previously serving the area was injured following a collision involving a car.
Council chiefs insist they are doing their best to reinstate cover but that trained staff are currently covering absences elsewhere
The do, however, want to recruit more patrol staff and have urged willing applicants to contact them.
Cllr Brash said: “Obviously my thoughts are with the lollipop lady who was injured and wish her a speedy recovery.
“However, it is totally unacceptable for the council to leave this position vacant for the remainder of the academic year because it will quite simply put children’s lives in danger.
“Park Road is extremely busy with no crossing points anywhere near where school children need to cross, so taking this service away is a dereliction of duty and cannot go unchallenged.”
He previously called for an urgent review of road safety in the area after last month a girl was taken to hospital after a report she was in a collision with a vehicle in Hutton Avenue.
He also said there was a collision between two cars in Park Road on Thursday, June 10, with no injuries reported.
Kieran Bostock, the council’s assistant director for place management, stressed road safety is a “top priority”.
He added: “We have some casual crossing patrol staff to cover absences. But unfortunately they are currently covering other locations where permanent crossing patrol staff are absent through illness.
“We are doing our very best to reinstate cover before the end of the school term and are anticipating staff returning to work shortly, which should help us with that.
“Due to the nature of the job we can’t put untrained people into the role.”
He added: “We have been trying to recruit more crossing patrol staff and have been advertising those posts for a number of months now, but we need people to come forward and apply for them.
“We would encourage anyone who is interested to please give us a call on (01429) 523259 or email [email protected]”