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Doncaster school mum told: “Find your own lollipop warden”

Tracy MacFarlane with her son Louis, 11, are having to search for a lollipop warden in the afternoon on the Sandringham Road crossing. Picture: Andrew Roe

Tracy MacFarlane with her son Louis, 11, are having to search for a lollipop warden in the afternoon on the Sandringham Road crossing. Picture: Andrew Roe

A mum campaigning for a school crossing patrol warden outside her son’s school was left stunned when she was apparently told to find her own.

Tracy McFarlane, whose son Louis, 11, attends Our Lady of Mount Carmel Primary School in Intake, raised concerns after the regular lollipop man was absent on several occasions due to illness.

She said: “Sometimes, the warden isn’t always there which means Louis and all the other children from schools are having to cross a busy road with no-one to help them across safely.

“We have since discovered he may be off for a long time and there are no plans in place to replace him. That means there’s an accident waiting to happen and we want to stop that happening before it does.”

Mrs McFarlane, of Warwick Road, Intake, contacted Doncaster Council, which is responsible for school crossing patrol provision in the borough - and claims she was told to help recruit somebody herself.

“I was told that they advertised it before and got zero response and there was no point trying to recruit. They said that if we managed to find people interested, they would interview them and recruit them.”

As well as Our Lady pupils, the crossing patrol on Sandringham Road is also responsible for helping pupils from nearby Sandringham Primary safely to their classsrooms too.

A Doncaster Council spokesman said the authority was not contractually obliged by law to provide crossing patrols.

Joan Beck, Director of Adults and Communities, said: “The current gap in the provision of a school crossing warden at Sandringham Road has been caused by the short term absence of a member of staff. Temporary arrangements are in place to cover this crossing during the morning and we are actively seeking a casual member of staff to cover the afternoon.

“The school has been informed of this temporary arrangement and we apologise for any inconvenience this may cause to parents, staff and pupils.”

Anyone interested in the vacancy should call the school crossing patrol service on 01302 737086.

 

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