Published: 02/07/2018 09:37 - Updated: 02/07/2018 09:59

Axed school crossing patrols reinstated

lollipop school crossing patrolA NUMBER of school crossing patroller posts in Moray have been reinstated.

The move is one of the earliest actions of the new SNP administration which took office two weeks ago.

SNP councillors had requested a report on the matter be brought to a full council meeting on Thursday afternoon.

They won a vote held in private to reinstate all patrollers not on signalised crossings.

Louise Laing (Speyside Glenlivet, SNP) said: "The most complaints I deal with is the speed and volume of traffic coming through the towns in my ward.

"It may not be the council’s statutory obligation to get children to school but morally it’s an issue that’s important to both SNP group and the people we represent.

"There are many difficult decisions to make in the coming years but child safety has to be amongst our top priorities.

We want to encourage our children to walk or cycle to school and be fit and active, but we also need them to be safe."

Sonya Warren (Buckie SNP) said:

"We have always felt that this was a cut too far in the last council budget.

"I am grateful for the support from other councillors who backed our proposal to reinstate the majority of the school crossing patroller sites, including a particularly busy location in Buckie that is set to get busier with the opening of the new early years facility at Lady Cathcart."

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