Primary schools agree to pay for their own crossing patrol officers after funds axed by Brent Council

Parents and children staged a protest about their crossing patrols being axed outside Leopold School

Parents and children staged a protest about their crossing patrols being axed outside Leopold School - Credit: Archant

Headteachers at 15 primary schools in Brent have agreed to pay for their own crossing patrol officers following a decision by Brent Council to axe its funding.

The controversial move was rubber-stamped by the town hall as part of £54million cuts which also resulted in the closure of Stonebridge Adventure Playground.

Outraged parents and teaching staff, including broadcaster Louis Theroux whose children attend Leopold School in Harlesden, signed a petition calling for a U-turn but the £170,000-a-year cost cutting measure went ahead.

Chris Whyte, Brent Council’s operational director of community services, said: “I would like to thank these schools for working so closely with us. Ensuring children get to and from school safely is a responsibility for all of us but particularly for schools, parents and motorists.

“Despite the significant financial pressures, the council will continue to do our bit by focusing on measures that improve road safety for all road users 365 days a year. This includes things like pedestrian barriers, new crossings and other physical improvements where there is evidence this will improve safety.”

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