Sidmouth Primary looking at options for crossing patrol

Zebera crossing

Zebera crossing - Credit: Archant

Sidmouth Primary School will look at other options for funding its crossing patrols if County Hall chiefs cut the service’s budget.

Pupils are helped across the road in Vicarage Road and Woolbrook Road, but as they are younger at the former site, parents are more heavily involved.

Headteacher Paul Walker has been in talks with Devon County Council (DCC) for a year and said he was sympathetic to the cuts it faces – but the school has its own budget constraints.

“It’s becoming more likely that it will be cut,” he said. “They have been consulting with us on different ways to keep it. We will look at the evidence they’ve given us about the sustainability of the patrol – we know that the one at Vicarage Road is only infrequently used.”

Mr Walker said the school will look at its finances, other funding opportunities for the patrol and its school travel plan.

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DCC is looking at saving £250,000 from the service, but a decision is not expected until January. Mr Walker also said he will remind East Devon District Council of the school’s continued interest in its Manstone Depot site as the authority consults on its draft Local Plan.

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