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Safer Routes To School - School Crossing Patrol Service Review Update 2018

29/11/2018 - Safer Routes To School - School Crossing Patrol Service Review Update 2018

The Cabinet Member:

1.  Noted that the Safer Routes to School: School Crossing Patrol Service continues to provide support to thousands of school children and parents as they go about their daily journeys to and from schools across the borough. The table in Appendix A of the report, sets out the current establishment and the associated priorities when deploying mobile staff;

2.  Noted the changes that have been made to the service in 2018, as detailed in paragraph 3.2 to 3.5 and summarised in Appendix A of the report;

3.  Approved the proposed policy changes relating to the Management and Creation of new school crossing patrol sites in the borough as set out in section 4.10 of the report;

4.  Agreed to disestablish the two sites at Widney Road at Mill Lane, Bentley Heath (L03) and Chester Road at New Road, Castle Bromwich (L65) from the Council’s School Crossing Patrol Priority List because they no longer meet the numerical criteria and have been vacant for over 12 months;

5.  Agreed to progress Stage 2 Pedestrian Crossing Assessments at Damson Lane at Rowood Drive, Elmdon (L20) and Chelmsley Road at Marlene Croft, Chelmsley Wood (L75) to confirm the suitability, layout and form of a new pedestrian crossing facility for these locations, and to subsequently engage the local community and deliver the new facilities by the end of April 2019 utilising the Cabinet Member’s Business Rate Rebate fund;

6.  Agreed the five sites set out in paragraph 5.9 should form the next phase of service improvement programme, subject to the outcome of the associated pedestrian crossing assessments and funding being available; and

7.  Noted that the full MTFS saving will not be achieved by April 2020 without further changes to the service. Cabinet Member is asked to agree that officers should continue to work towards delivering the £19,000 shortfall from elsewhere within the Highways Portfolio.