Our postbox has been rammed today with two contrasting but inter-connected stories.The first concerns over-zealous Wirral Council spy-car patrols and the second is about the same Council making Lollipop people redundant .
These two stories seem to sum up everything that is wrong with Wirral Council’s priorities. Whilst we wouldn’t advocate parking pandemonium the CCTV spy car seems to be primarily a money making scheme and not a road safety measure. We say this based on the welter of stories we receive about minor motoring indiscretions hit with a £70 fine which are no way commensurate with the so-called offence. Appeals appear to be largely futile – although you are invited to see the footage of your heinous crime for yourself should you so desire.
Meanwhile we understand that after the Wirral Council have undertaken road safety assessments at 48 school crossing sites . These sites are described in an anonymised “at risk” of potential redundancy letter sent to a School Crossing Patrol as having a “light controlled engineering facility” . We think this must be Council-speak for traffic lights ,pelican crossings etc; !.
As a result of these assessments 40 sites have been de-lollipopped and therefore it could be said that children’s road safety is automatically compromised – whether they’ve got the benefit of a “light controlled engineering facility” or not !.
The 8 sites that will retain a School Crossing Patrol are :
1 Old Chester Road/Rocklands Avenue, Bebington
2 Teehey Lane / Village Road / Town Lane, Bebington
3 Upton Road , Moreton
4 Woodchurch Road , Oxton
5 Woodchurch Road / Singleton Avenue , Oxton
6 Mill Lane / Ashburton Road, Liscard
7 New Chester Road / Bebington Road (Toll Bar), New Ferry
8 Oxton Road / Love Lane, Poulton
Under the circumstances and as Wirral Council advise in their letter , perhaps the School Crossing Patrol could discuss with their manager/supervisor that a suitable “alternative location for employment” would be behind the wheel of a spy-car ! – as that’s where the money -and the Council’s priorities – currently seem to be at!.