Commercial sponsors could be asked to fund school crossing patrols as more lollipop men and women’s posts are axed, an MSP has said.
After Falkirk Council announced the patrol on Abbots Road, Grangemouth, near Kingseat Avenue bridge, was to be discontinued, Falkirk East MSP Angus MacDonald wrote to the local authority urging it to look at introducing some kind of sponsorship for crossing patrols.
He proposed sponsors could pay the patrols’ salaries, which amount to around £3000 a year, and the council could pick up the management costs.
The council said this week it had no need for commercial sponsorship.
Mr MacDonald said: “There is no doubt this solution is far from ideal, and it pains me to have to come up with the suggestion of commercial sponsorship. However, it is clearly a better option than having no patrols at all.
“If this solution is taken on board I’m sure there are many firms operating in the area who would be happy to show their commitment to their local communities.
“Ideally sponsorship would allow reinstatement of school crossing patrols already axed. Realistically, however, it may be the only way to ensure no more are axed.
“If it means increasing safety for local schoolchildren it is an option which must be explored.”
A council spokesperson said: “To date, we have not received any communication from Mr MacDonald. The patrol attendant referred to was moved to a vacant point at Central Avenue as the Abbots Road point no longer met the criteria for a patrol.”