Parents and teachers are angry and dismayed that Norton Road Primary School’s lollipop man is not being replaced.
Octogenarian Edward ‘Pip’ Craft retired in the summer after safely guiding little learners across Limbury Road for 15 years.
During that time he’s had his fair share of hair-raising moments at the notorious crossing – from having his pole knocked out of his hand to dealing with impatient drivers.
One concerned onlooker told us: “Limbury Road is horrendously dangerous at the junction with Icknield Road. And without a lollipop man it’s likely to become a serous accident blackspot.”
Headteacher Mike Austins said: “I think its incredibly important the children should be safe when they cross the road and therefore it seems common sense to replace the excellent lollipop man who has retired.”
A council spokeswoman said: “We follow national guidelines which recommend it is best practice not to consider funding or employing patrols at sites which have less than 15 unaccompanied children crossing the road in the busiest 30 minute period. Limbury Road/Icknield Road does not meet the criteria.
“We also do not believe the location is dangerous – between January 2010 and August 2013 there have been no accidents involving children within 50 metres.”
She added: “There is a patrol further along Limbury Road at Gardenia Avenue, serving the same schools. Parents are reminded that it is their responsibility to ensure their children travel safely to school, even where a school crossing patrol is provided.”