Safety remains the priority for Hounslow Council

Hounslow Council is working with schools, police and the local community to ensure that the borough’s children travel to and from school safely.

Published: Wednesday, 22nd March 2017

A picture of a school crossing sign

Hounslow Council is working with schools, police and the local community to ensure that the borough’s children travel to and from school safely.
 
Drastic cuts to budgets and grants will see the Council having to withdraw its funding of a school crossing patrol service in order to achieve a saving of the Council’s revenue budget of £160, 000.
 
Councillor Steve Curran, Leader of Hounslow Council, said: “This is just one of many extremely difficult decisions we are having to make and has arisen following a review of all services.
 
“This review was carried out at a time when we, as a council, are under more pressure than ever to provide excellent local services but with drastic cuts in our budget year on year from central government.
 
“We all – the Council, schools, parents and guardians and the police – have a collective responsibility to ensure our children get to and from school safely. 
 
“As part of the recommendations, we remain committed to working with our schools to source alternative funding to provide this service. Our traffic service is also working with the police to investigate traffic issues and make sure local roads are even safer.

“We have already implemented 20mph zones around schools and nearby residential roads. Plus we will continue to support cycle provision schemes and the Beat the Street project which encourages children to walk to school.
 
“We don’t want to cut any of our services for our residents. However, the Council is now facing a reduction in its spending of £23.6m per year for the next two years”.

Councillors spoke of the feedback gained from the consultation on the service which went out to schools and residents and welcomed the views of residents and those representing schools who attended the cabinet meeting at the Civic Centre last night.

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