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Date: 17/07/2018

Local parents are up in arms following the news that Worcestershire County Council are cancelling the School Crossing Patrol on the Birmingham Road in Kidderminster.

Holy Trinity School, St Ambrose and St Georges CE Primary School all rely on their School Crossing Patrol, Linda Parker, who has been helping children cross the road safely for many years.
 
Headteacher at Holy Trinity School, Mrs Pamela Leek-Wright, commented: “Linda does an amazing job, keeping our children and parents safe, making everyone use the crossing correctly. She also stops people from taking risks dashing through the moving traffic.
“There is a national campaign to retire all crossing patrols where there is a pedestrian crossing, but our crossing patrol on the Birmingham Road, one of the busiest roads in Kidderminster, with cars frequently going through the crossing when the lights are on amber. We need the support of parents and the whole community to help us get this potentially dangerous decision overturned for the safety of our children.”
 
Letters of petition are starting to circulate around the local community, with all schools encouraging people to sign and show their support for this much needed service.
 
Voicing their concerns Holy Trinity School parents:
 
Kayleigh Driver said: “We need Linda to stay, only a few weeks back a car ran the red light, without Linda there a child could have been seriously hurt.”
 
Lisa Winstanley said: “We live on Birmingham Road, opposite the school, so see the traffic and see countless near misses with drivers either accelerating up the hill as they leave Kidderminster, failing to stop for the pelican crossing even when the lights are on red. Some other drivers just sail through oblivious.
 
“Either way...you need to have your wits about you when crossing there. Lights alone are not enough. Linda is also a part of our community....and we need as much of that as possible in today's towns.”
 
Added Mrs Leek-Wright: “Please get your voices heard as the County Council needs to have all statements of protest before the 13th July.”
 
Petitions are available at all three schools or you can contact Local County Councillor, Mary Rayner, by emailing: MRayner@worcestershire.gov.uk