Parents want crossings

Hayley Wilson and Mark Ellis, who are concerned at the lack of a crossing patrol at BBG Academy.
Hayley Wilson and Mark Ellis, who are concerned at the lack of a crossing patrol at BBG Academy.
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A CRUSADING parent in Birkenshaw is calling on Kirklees Council to do more to recruit crossing patrols in the area.

Mark Ellis, whose children go to BBG Academy in Birkenshaw, has got together a group of parents who are also concerned, and is calling on the council to do more to advertise the vacancies.

He said: “I have noticed several near-misses on the roads around the school lately. The roads around schools are very busy, and we need to make sure our children are safe when they go to school.

“I would think there are lots of older people in the area who would want to do work like this, but they won’t know about the vacancies because they are only advertised on the council’s website, and many of them may not use computers.”

As well as the vacancies at BBG Academy, there are also vacancies for crossing patrols at Birkenshaw Primary, Norristhorpe Junior and Infant, and Millbridge Junior and Infant schools.

Birkenshaw councillor Robert Light also feels more needs to be done to get the vacancies filled.

He said: “There is a shortage of school crossing patrols in Kirklees, and there has been for a while.

“I think this proves that the council’s advertising policy is not successful. It is something that needs to be looked at and something I have asked to be done.”

A spokeswoman for Kirklees Council said: “We have tried hard to recruit to this particular vacancy and will continue to do so. We would urge people to get in touch if they would consider applying for this post.”

Anyone interested in becoming a school crossing patrol can visit www.kirklees.gov.uk/transport, or call 01484 414700.