A SOUTH Tyneside councillor fears children’s lives will be at risk if an estate’s school crossing patrol is axed.
Coun Jim Foreman insists the lollipop service on the busy John Reid Road in South Shields must remain in place.
Youngsters from the nearby Harton Moor estate use the crossing to reach South Shields Community School in Nevison Avenue.
Town Hall officials confirmed they are reviewing school crossing services, but said there are no plans to remove patrols on the dual carriageway,
But a number of residents have approached Coun Foreman with concerns.
He said: “Residents and myself are very worried about the prospect of losing the lollipop crossing patrol on John Reid Road.
“This is probably the busiest road into South Shields and one of the fastest.
“There needs to be someone there to assist the children. I feel very strongly about this and I am opposed to any removal plans.”
The council said the crossing review was in order to ensure it is ‘providing a value-for-money service’.
It said it was ‘likely’ that 10 new push-button pelican-style crossings will be put in place across the borough following the review.
It’s been feared that the patrol may be scrapped if only a low number of children are using the crossing.
But Coun Foreman believes the Harton Moor patrol is essential and it should remain in place.
He said: “In my opinion, even if only one person is escorted over that road safely, then it’s worthwhile.”
A council spokesman said: “There are currently no plans in place to remove the crossing service at the various points on John Reid Road.
“The council is reviewing all school crossing services across the borough, both to check that they are in the right places to ensure pedestrian and road safety, and that this is balanced in providing a value-for-money service.
“It is likely that this review will lead to the creation of around 10 completely new pelican-type crossings to help pedestrians get around the borough more safely.
“These facilities allow 24-hour safe crossing points, which will be particularly helpful for people with limited mobility and parents with prams or pushchairs.”