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School lollipop patrols axed in Devon

Devon has axed funding for school crossing patrols in the county to save money, despite a public outcry.

The county council's own research found in 2014 that there were no accidents when a patrol was present, but 44 accidents where there was none. On Monday an 11-year-old boy was injured after being hit by a car on his way to school in Exeter.

A consultation on the issue found the overwhelming majority of responses were against the proposal.

However conservative council leader John Hart said the proposal must stand as the additional £8.4M funding from Government this year is a one-off payment only.

Opposition councillors have a last chance to save the service at a full meeting of the council next week, but say they are not holding out much hope.


Devon A379 closed as sea wall collapses at Torcross

The recent stormy weather has caused the sea wall to collapse.

The recent bad weather has caused the sea wall at Torcross in Devon to collapse, leading to the A379 being closed.

Structural engineers are inspecting the road to see if it can be re-opened as a single lane.

Video of the damaged sea wall, courtesy of John Walker, Videotechmedia, Dartmouth.

Petition urging council to rethink lollipop crossing decision handed in

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Petitions have been presented to a Devon County Council meeting this morning calling on the authority to reconsider its proposal to axe school crossing patrols.

Cllr Alan Connett, leader of the Lib Dem Group, told the Cabinet it's "not too late" to change their minds, particularly as the Council has received £8.4 million extra from the Government this year than had been expected.


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