A statement from the Leader of the Council, Cllr Steve Curran.
Published: Friday, 21st December 2018
Councillor Steve Curran, Leader of Hounslow Council said:
“The removal of council funding for the School Crossing Patrol service (SCP) was agreed at a Cabinet Meeting of Hounslow Council in March 2017. As with many councils, a review of this discretionary service was prompted by increased pressure on statutory services coupled with drastic cuts to Central Government funding.
“Decisions such as this are not taken lightly and this one followed a review of the service over a two year period, which included extensive public consultation and a thorough risk analysis. In summary, while it is believed that the provision of SCPs can play an important role in improving the perception of safety near schools, a specific contribution to reducing casualties can often not be identified.
This is particularly the case for those SCPs that were stationed on existing controlled crossings (Pelicans or Zebras) which was the majority of those in Hounslow. However, we recognise that some schools still wish to maintain their SCP service which is why we are operating a buy-back arrangement, ensuring that the School Crossing Patrol service can continue to run at no cost to the council, supported directly by the community it serves.
“We have also installed some new crossings to help further reduce any safety concerns. The number of people seriously injured on the road in the borough has generally continued to reduce which can be attributed to a range of interventions which include; road safety education, traffic calming measures, the introduction of 20mph limits and changes in vehicle design and technology.
Our new transport strategy currently out to consultation embraces the Mayor’s ‘vision zero’ and we will continue to look for innovative ways to reduce casualties on the network.”
For further details on the decision, please see Cabinet report here.