Councillor: No threat to lollipop patrols

A Banchory Councillor poured cold water on a campaign started that she said has “been needlessly raising fears among local people”.

The campaign asks councillors to “save our lollipop ladies and men”.

Banchory and Mid Deeside councillor Karen Clark said: “I have been contacted by a number of residents - as have other councillors - and I asked council officers about the situation in Aberdeenshire. I have been assured that no reductions have been made to the school patroller service and that there are no plans to do so.

“The campaign appears to be a UK-wide one which takes no account of the local situation.

“In Scotland, recently released statistics indicate that on average four children were killed between 2010 and 2012: 72% below the 2004-2008 average (target 50%) while 193 children were seriously injured in 2012: 41% below the 2004-2008 average (target of 65%). The long term trend is down across all of the categories that are used to collate road accident statistics.

“While with any loss of life or injury statistic everyone would like to see zero figures, it is positive news that there is a downward trend.

“I am reassured that there are no plans to reduce the provision within Aberdeenshire, but if anyone in my ward hears otherwise, I would like to know.”