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Petersgate School lose HCC crossing patrol

  • Author: Anne Cleaver
  • Published: 26th May 2021
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Petersgate School lose HCC crossing patrol

Parents are extremely concerned that Petersgate School will be without a road crossing patrol when the pupils return after the half-term break next week. Hampshire Country Council delivered this disturbing news to the school authorities, about the busy Green Lane crossroads, just two weeks ago. Mrs Mavis Bailey, who retires on Friday 28 May, has been a ‘lollipop lady’ in the village for 40 years. “Thousands of children have benefited from Mrs Bailey’s dedication, keeping them safe on their way into school” said a local resident.

HCC recently surveyed the traffic outside the school and have decided that it falls below their criteria to supply a crossing patrol. The survey was carried out during staggered school opening and closing times, with nursery pupils using another entrance. A concerned parent commented “When we return to ‘normal’ post pandemic school times, traffic congestion will increase outside Petersgate, resulting in greater danger than has been considered by the recent HCC survey.”

Petersgate School Governors are requesting a repeat survey and to take the temporary Covid regulations, regarding school times, into consideration before making a decision. Parents are writing to local councillors and the Member of Parliament to gain their support. EHDC Councillors HCC Councillors

A Facebook page has been created “Save Petersgate School Patrol” Save Petersgate School Patrol for parents and residents to provide the group with any positive ideas on how to lobby HCC to provide a school crossing patrol on this extremely busy and congestion area, so that the children and community remain safe.

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