Dundee’s education convener has welcomed a new national campaign calling for more school crossing patrollers.
Councillor Stewart Hunter praised the Living Streets initiative, which calls on the public to “save our lollipop people” but he said the scheme reinforces what the council is already doing to improve road safety around the city’s schools.
Mr Hunter said: “We are very supportive of the campaign. Anything that can be done to improve the safety of children getting to and from school is a help.”
Living Streets calls on people to contact their councils and urge them to protect the number of lollipop people they employ.
Mr Hunter added: “School crossing patrollers are crucial and the ones we have in the city do an excellent job. We are actively trying to recruit more patrollers and this is a priority for us.
“One of our biggest issues is trying to recruit a pool of lollipop people, so if one goes off sick or for some other reason we have people on standby.”
He said recruiting more crossing patrollers was only one initiative the council is looking at, adding: “We are looking at a number of other initiatives to make our pupils’ journey as safe as we possibly can.
“In particular we are determined that at the new schools we are building this will be a crucial aspect of the project boards, so that we get it right while we are building the schools.
“We have closed a couple of streets when kids are going in and out of school and made the road behind Craigowl Primary one way.”
He said some parents are still flouting the “Don’t Park Here” signs to drop children off at the school gates, adding: “A lot of parents are very sensible but we have a very small minority who put convenience ahead of safety. The Living Streets campaign is a reminder of how important an issue this is.”