Long-serving lollipop man Cliff fears for children if he's shown the door

Long-serving lollipop man Cliff fears for children if he's shown the door

Long-serving lollipop man Cliff fears for children if he's shown the door

First published in News

A LONG-serving lollipop man says he fears for children’s safety if Essex County Council plans to axe him go ahead.

Cliff Bastyan has been manning the busy crossing outside King’s Ford Junior and Infant schools for 13 years.

Last week, he was summoned to a meeting at the Marks Tey Hotel with other crossing wardens, and told he could be redundant from September.

He said: “When I’m not here, I hear some real horror stories from parents, with near misses and drivers just not realising there are children here.

“I really would fear for them.

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9:40pm Thu 20 Mar 14

Cllr Dave Harris says...

whilst at the school crossing for the past couple of days with parents signing the petition to defend the crossing patrol I spoke to this man.
he is briliant at his job and the parents, children and school think he is great.
the parents and I feel the county council is mad even considering removing these patrols

parents were very eager to sign the petition

well done for doing a great job cliff

county councillor dave harris
whilst at the school crossing for the past couple of days with parents signing the petition to defend the crossing patrol I spoke to this man. he is briliant at his job and the parents, children and school think he is great. the parents and I feel the county council is mad even considering removing these patrols parents were very eager to sign the petition well done for doing a great job cliff county councillor dave harris Cllr Dave Harris
  • Score: 5

9:16am Fri 21 Mar 14

Weazelbum says...

I assume it's budget cuts forcing this? Short sighted disastrous move. It'll take a child to be seriously injured, or worse, killed, then there'll be head shaking and the usual guff about how lessons can be learnt.......idiots.
I assume it's budget cuts forcing this? Short sighted disastrous move. It'll take a child to be seriously injured, or worse, killed, then there'll be head shaking and the usual guff about how lessons can be learnt.......idiots. Weazelbum
  • Score: 2

11:52pm Fri 21 Mar 14

Boris says...

Sme people think all that's needed is a zebra crossing. Sadly this is not true.
About 6 years ago, a boy was killed on a zebra crossing in Layer Road on his way to school.
About 3 weeks ago, two brothers, on their way to or from primary school, near the Mill Rd/Turner Rd junction, crossed on a zebra crossing and were hit by a car (driven by an off duty police officer). One of them at least was seriously injured. This accident would not have happened if there had been a lollipop person there to force drivers to stop.
Sme people think all that's needed is a zebra crossing. Sadly this is not true. About 6 years ago, a boy was killed on a zebra crossing in Layer Road on his way to school. About 3 weeks ago, two brothers, on their way to or from primary school, near the Mill Rd/Turner Rd junction, crossed on a zebra crossing and were hit by a car (driven by an off duty police officer). One of them at least was seriously injured. This accident would not have happened if there had been a lollipop person there to force drivers to stop. Boris
  • Score: 2

8:07am Sun 23 Mar 14

stevedawson says...

Yes it's a retrograde step, their salaries arent really going to dent the budget.how about getting rid of a few top noises now that would make a difference and make everbody feel better as well.first one head of highways please.
Yes it's a retrograde step, their salaries arent really going to dent the budget.how about getting rid of a few top noises now that would make a difference and make everbody feel better as well.first one head of highways please. stevedawson
  • Score: 2

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