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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.

Council accused of putting PR ahead of safety

Council bosses have been accused of putting PR ahead of safety as the Authority proposes to cut funding for school crossing patrols.

The Conservative leaders of Devon County Council have put forward the plans to cut the money given for Lollipop ladies

The Lib Dem opposition say that the Tories are protecting council departments at the expense of front line services. The Authority says it needs to save money from its road safety budget.

We also spoke to Cllr Alan Connett, Leader of the Lib Dem group on Devon County Council.

We have been exploring alternative ways of funding school crossing patrols in the county in order to help the service continue. We are reviewing feedback from a public consultation, which will be reported back to Cabinet in due course.

– Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Highway Management

The budget for this year will be set at a council meeting in Exeter on February 23.


Plans to close residential homes in Devon on hold

Plans to close Council-run residential homes in Devon are on hold because of a legal challenge.

The County Council says it's been asked by the Court to temporarily suspend the closure programme until this challenge has been resolved. It's submitted an appeal against this decision which will be heard as soon as possible.

We are pausing all resident assessments and staff notice meetings pending further legal advice and will continue to provide appropriate care to all residents living in our homes.

– Devon County Council
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