SNP Councillor’s Attempts To Save School Crossing Patrol

Cllr Colin Chalmers

Falkirk South SNP Councillor, Colin Chalmers, will this week seek to have a busy town centre school crossing patrol due to be axed next month saved on safety grounds.

The bid will be made at the scheduled meeting of Falkirk Council to be held on Wednesday 6th March with a pre-submitted notice of motion.

The patrol serves Comely Park Primary School that sits within the busy Falkirk town centre with constant traffic throughout the day.

Falkirk Council took the decision not to replace the current crossing attendant when he retires next month, a move that has angered the SNP member for the area, Colin Chalmers particularly as the decision was taken without any consultation with staff, local Councillors or the Parent Council.

The motion has won the support of the active and influential Comely Park Parent Council who have submitted a letter to Falkirk Labour Provost, Pat Reid to be allowed to speak to the meeting, something that is at the discretion of the Provost.


“Council notes with disappointment the announced removal, without consultation of the crossing patrol at Cochrane Avenue serving Comely Park Primary School.

Council recognises the unique location of the school and the specific dangers to the safety of the pupils of the school, as a result of this.

Council therefore resolves to request officers to reinstate this patrol forthwith and advertise as appropriate for a replacement crossing patrol attendant”.

Proposed by Councillor C Chalmers


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2 Responses to SNP Councillor’s Attempts To Save School Crossing Patrol

  1. colin seivwright says:

    If cuts need to be made in budgets then so be it,but children lives should not be put at risk for any price.

  2. David Alexander says:

    Good points made by Colin and the team but Labour and the Tories were not prepared to listen. The real shame was that the Parent Council were denied the chance to speak by Provost Reid.

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