Brent Council puts lollipop plans on ice

Plans to axe the number of lollipop people in Brent have been postponed, it has been revealed.

Brent Council had planned to make a decision on whether to cut the number of lollipop men and women from 47 to 17 this month.

But it could as late as September before a decision has been made.

It means if the proposals are voted through, the 30 lollipop people would be removed from their posts in January next year instead of this September, as originally planned.

But parents still fear more children could be killed on Brent’s busy roads.

Mum-of-four, Anita Pomroy, 40, of Cambridge Close, Neasden, is a childminder. She said: “Kids might get there lollipop people back in September but come January it is going to be winter, it is going to be dark. And a child is going to be killed.

“I’m really frightened for my children. We live in Brent. The roads are dangerous.

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“What are they going to put in their place? Where is the money going that the council saves? And where is my council tax money going?”

The lollipop cull would save the council about �200,000 a year.

The 30 sites which could be affected are in areas deemed safer for children to cross because of zebra and pelican crossings or 20mph zones.

The road considered the most dangerous is Dudden Hill Lane near Northview Primary School, in Neasden.

Schools would be able to buy lollipop people themselves at a cost of around �6,000.

Speaking at the Kilburn and Kensal Consultative Forum last week, Councillor Jim Moher (Labour), lead member for highways and transportation, said: “This year Brent is losing �43 million. We have to review every non-statutory service.

“We have seen a dramatic reduction in accidents and we have engineered it so schools are safer outside. Is it justified to have lollipop people as well as traffic calming measures?

“But we do want to more time on this before we make a decision.”