Councillors on hand to help keep children safe

LOCAL councillors have set out to help children get to school safely by donning a fluorescent hat and jacket and picking up a lollipop stick.

The safety conscious councillors have signed up to help provide emergency cover for school crossing patrols.

Already councillors Roger Stone, John Foden, Ian Barron, Jahangir Akhtar and Mahroof Hussain have done the necessary training required to perform emergency duties if any of the 67 school crossing patrols are unable to work.

Their training included how to stop traffic safely, marshalling of pedestrians and basic site risk assessment.

Leader of Rotherham Council, Coun Stone, who underwent four training sessions on two separate days before taking on the role alone, said: “School crossing patrols are genuine unsung heroes.”

“They are out there come wind, rain or shine, making sure that both children and adults alike can cross, in some cases, some considerably busy roads, safely.”

“Unfortunately, there are occasions where the school crossing patrols can’t get to work.”

“In those instances, I felt that as councillors we have the responsibility to help in any way we can and if that means standing there in snow or driving rain, then, that’s what we’ll do.”

“Currently, we have 15 vacancies across the borough for school crossing patrols.”

“It’s a vitally important service suited for a community spirited individual or someone who cares about their local school and children’s safety.”

“If you’re interested in applying please look at the council website or ask in your local Jobcentre.”