Concern at school crossing vacancies

Safety concerns have been raised about a lack of school crossing patrols across the county.

More than 30 per cent of patrol points around schools in Northumberland are currently operating without any supervision.

Northumberland County Council confirmed that 22 of the 71 positions are vacant – meaning there is no supervision at key access positions to schools.

Cramlington councillor Wayne Daley said: “To have over 30 per cent of the school crossing points without any supervision is a serious safety concern and the council must take immediate action to ensure that these sites are safe.

“These vacancies are not a result of any cuts.

“There are 22 unfilled posts and the money to pay for them – there is clearly a crisis in recruitment.”

Conservative group leader Coun Peter Jackson added: “This is a serious issue which should concern every parent in Northumberland.

“This is affecting every part of the county and we want action before there is a fatality outside one of our schools.

“We have a moral duty to keep our children safe.”

A spokesman for Northumberland County Council said: “We recognise that there are difficulties in attracting people to take up the post of school crossing patrols.

“We need people to come forward so that the network of school crossing patrols can be maintained.”

Anyone interested in taking on a role can apply via the county council jobs site.