South West Wales

Pembrokeshire lollipop patrols posts face axe

Abandoned lollipop Image copyright BBC Sport
Image caption An abandoned lollipop outside Stepaside Primary School in Kilgetty on Wednesday

Up to 15 lollipop men and women could find their posts axed under plans being considered in Pembrokeshire.

The authority says it needs to make up to £2.5m in savings over two years in its highways budgets.

Pembrokeshire council's cabinet will examine how its 39 crossing patrols operate at 40 school sites.

The council's head of highways told BBC Radio Wales that cutting the posts could save £31,000 - but would be subject to consultation.

"There is some degree of argument to say that we are over-providing the current level of service," Darren Thomas told the Jason Mohammad programme.

"We're not the first authority in Wales to think of this."

The council cabinet has been told the lollipop posts identified "do not meet the criteria" for crossing patrols set out in national road safety guidance.

Fourteen school sites have been listed in the report, with 15 posts identified.

Joyce Morgan, who has been a lollipop lady in the county for more than 40 years, said she was "very disappointed" by the announcement.

"I really enjoy it. I enjoy looking after the children and keeping them safe," she added.

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