Lollipop lady saved by parent power

Parents from Towcester Primary school are petitioning to keep lollipop lady, Bet Lowe.
Parents from Towcester Primary school are petitioning to keep lollipop lady, Bet Lowe.
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PARENTS in Towcester were jubilant this week as local authority members committed funds to save the Vernon Road lollipop lady.

Last month parents of children attending Towcester Primary School in Islington Road, gathered hundreds of signatures on a petition to save the lollipop lady. Northants County Council cut funding for lollipop ladies across the county in an effort to shave £73 million from this year’s budget.

Surveys carried out by the parents showed nearly 200 vehicles passing through the crossing during the 25 minutes before school time. They feared a driver in a hurry could overlook a small child without the presence of a brightly coloured lollipop lady.

On Monday evening members of Towcester Town Council’s resources committee voted unanimously to support funding for the lollipop lady over the next school year with a grant of £2,900. After the year the funding will be reviewed. The annual cost of the lollipop lady is £3,900 and with another £1,000 grant from Northants County Council Rosemary Bromwich Towcester children are guaranteed help crossing Vernon Road next year.

Parent Lisa Samiotis spoke at Monday’s meeting and said afterwards: “It feels fantastic. You don’t what to expect when going up against the local authority.”

Mrs Samiotis said for the relatively small cost lollipop ladies should be funded by the local authority but also plans to start funding raising for next year.