Schools to do without lunctime lollipop patrols

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PROPOSED changes to crossing patrol services could see the lunchtime shift dropped from 60 schools in a bid to save more than £163,000.

Durham County Council wants to lose the service at sites where no children leave the grounds during the break, and says lunchtime patrols would be kept on at six sites where pupils do leave.

It says before any changes could be introduced, a consultation will need to be carried out.

Those listed for the axe include patrols on Princess Road and on the corner of the fire station in Seaham, Barnes Road and the main route through Murton and Eden Lane, and the junction of Acre Rigg and York Road in Peterlee and Eden Lane in Horden.

If they go ahead, the schools affected would be given the opportunity to fund the crossing patrol out of their own budgets.

The authority will discuss the consultation plans on Wednesday at 9.30am at County Hall in Durham.