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Essex County Standard: Retired lollipop lady Pauline Meader is backing the Gazette campaign. Retired lollipop lady Pauline Meader is backing the Gazette campaign.

A RETIRED lollipop lady says there is no telling what could happen to children if patrolled crossings are axed.

Pauline Meader, who worked as a lollipop lady in Monkwick for ten years has called on Essex County Council to re-think its plans.

She said in a decade of experience, she has learned children cannot always be controlled when crossing the road outside schools.

Mrs Meader, 67, added: “I can’t begin to see why they’re thinking about doing this.

“In my eyes, it is a 100 per cent ‘must have’ - somebody has to be there.”

She also said: “Unfortunately, there is no telling what would happen if these go.

“I know children cannot always be controlled outside schools because maybe they are excited or late for whatever.

“So many times, children ran out in front of cars and even when I told them they shouldn’t do that, I would not get a response.

“They are playing with children’s lives and I would back The Gazette’s campaign.”

Mrs Meader retired eight years ago having spent a decade helping school pupils cross Monkwick Avenue, in Colchester, and was not replaced.

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9:18am Wed 19 Mar 14

Ritchie_Hicks says...

I totally support this campaign but I'm afraid that with £25bn of cuts to be announced by George Osbourne today, we're going to see serious cuts to these type of 'front-line' services.

The savings have to come from somewhere and given that he won't take it from businesses, the NHS or Education, the public sector is going to be hardest hit.

We're only half-way through the Con-Lib agenda at the moment and things are going to get very tough to Civil Servants. No doubt about it.
I totally support this campaign but I'm afraid that with £25bn of cuts to be announced by George Osbourne today, we're going to see serious cuts to these type of 'front-line' services. The savings have to come from somewhere and given that he won't take it from businesses, the NHS or Education, the public sector is going to be hardest hit. We're only half-way through the Con-Lib agenda at the moment and things are going to get very tough to Civil Servants. No doubt about it. Ritchie_Hicks
  • Score: 5

9:32am Wed 19 Mar 14

Jack222 says...

I totally disagree with this idea.

Axe the lollipops. It's parental / carer responsibility to help their children cross the road at all times - you don't need to pay someone else to do it. At non school times parents manage to do it quite adequately. Lollipops are merely doing something which parents can do quite adequately by themselves.

Less nanny state wasting of our money and more parental responsibility is needed.
I totally disagree with this idea. Axe the lollipops. It's parental / carer responsibility to help their children cross the road at all times - you don't need to pay someone else to do it. At non school times parents manage to do it quite adequately. Lollipops are merely doing something which parents can do quite adequately by themselves. Less nanny state wasting of our money and more parental responsibility is needed. Jack222
  • Score: -7

9:39am Wed 19 Mar 14

The King of Colchester says...

Jack222 wrote:
I totally disagree with this idea.

Axe the lollipops. It's parental / carer responsibility to help their children cross the road at all times - you don't need to pay someone else to do it. At non school times parents manage to do it quite adequately. Lollipops are merely doing something which parents can do quite adequately by themselves.

Less nanny state wasting of our money and more parental responsibility is needed.
Said like a true Tory. Better to have more people hit by vehicles and say money, hey Jack? There is plenty of evidence that shows school crossing patrols save lives.

I hope you have the same attitude when the privatised NHS can't send an ambulance to your next 999 call, should you be unfortunate to have to make one. You know - less 'Nanny State' and more 'Look after yourself'.
[quote][p][bold]Jack222[/bold] wrote: I totally disagree with this idea. Axe the lollipops. It's parental / carer responsibility to help their children cross the road at all times - you don't need to pay someone else to do it. At non school times parents manage to do it quite adequately. Lollipops are merely doing something which parents can do quite adequately by themselves. Less nanny state wasting of our money and more parental responsibility is needed.[/p][/quote]Said like a true Tory. Better to have more people hit by vehicles and say money, hey Jack? There is plenty of evidence that shows school crossing patrols save lives. I hope you have the same attitude when the privatised NHS can't send an ambulance to your next 999 call, should you be unfortunate to have to make one. You know - less 'Nanny State' and more 'Look after yourself'. The King of Colchester
  • Score: 8

10:13am Wed 19 Mar 14

**Troll** says...

Complete waste of time and money and they are useless
My auntie was one for years and she was as thick as two short planks.
I try to get to college of a morning on London Road Stanway
And the bird doing one there is called the jumper.
She rubbernecks traffic all the way out onto the A12.
She jumps out in front of you even if a cat is crossing the road.
They dont understand about making the little gummies and thee mums to wait a bit a let the cars move along
Complete waste of time and money and they are useless My auntie was one for years and she was as thick as two short planks. I try to get to college of a morning on London Road Stanway And the bird doing one there is called the jumper. She rubbernecks traffic all the way out onto the A12. She jumps out in front of you even if a cat is crossing the road. They dont understand about making the little gummies and thee mums to wait a bit a let the cars move along **Troll**
  • Score: -1

10:16am Wed 19 Mar 14

**Troll** says...

The King of Colchester wrote:
Jack222 wrote:
I totally disagree with this idea.

Axe the lollipops. It's parental / carer responsibility to help their children cross the road at all times - you don't need to pay someone else to do it. At non school times parents manage to do it quite adequately. Lollipops are merely doing something which parents can do quite adequately by themselves.

Less nanny state wasting of our money and more parental responsibility is needed.
Said like a true Tory. Better to have more people hit by vehicles and say money, hey Jack? There is plenty of evidence that shows school crossing patrols save lives.

I hope you have the same attitude when the privatised NHS can't send an ambulance to your next 999 call, should you be unfortunate to have to make one. You know - less 'Nanny State' and more 'Look after yourself'.
About time we depose of this KING,
Students Unite Get rid of the SH*TE
[quote][p][bold]The King of Colchester[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jack222[/bold] wrote: I totally disagree with this idea. Axe the lollipops. It's parental / carer responsibility to help their children cross the road at all times - you don't need to pay someone else to do it. At non school times parents manage to do it quite adequately. Lollipops are merely doing something which parents can do quite adequately by themselves. Less nanny state wasting of our money and more parental responsibility is needed.[/p][/quote]Said like a true Tory. Better to have more people hit by vehicles and say money, hey Jack? There is plenty of evidence that shows school crossing patrols save lives. I hope you have the same attitude when the privatised NHS can't send an ambulance to your next 999 call, should you be unfortunate to have to make one. You know - less 'Nanny State' and more 'Look after yourself'.[/p][/quote]About time we depose of this KING, Students Unite Get rid of the SH*TE **Troll**
  • Score: -4

10:18am Wed 19 Mar 14

The King of Colchester says...

**Troll** wrote:
The King of Colchester wrote:
Jack222 wrote:
I totally disagree with this idea.

Axe the lollipops. It's parental / carer responsibility to help their children cross the road at all times - you don't need to pay someone else to do it. At non school times parents manage to do it quite adequately. Lollipops are merely doing something which parents can do quite adequately by themselves.

Less nanny state wasting of our money and more parental responsibility is needed.
Said like a true Tory. Better to have more people hit by vehicles and say money, hey Jack? There is plenty of evidence that shows school crossing patrols save lives.

I hope you have the same attitude when the privatised NHS can't send an ambulance to your next 999 call, should you be unfortunate to have to make one. You know - less 'Nanny State' and more 'Look after yourself'.
About time we depose of this KING,
Students Unite Get rid of the SH*TE
I'll never feed a VPG. Poor disguise.
[quote][p][bold]**Troll**[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The King of Colchester[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jack222[/bold] wrote: I totally disagree with this idea. Axe the lollipops. It's parental / carer responsibility to help their children cross the road at all times - you don't need to pay someone else to do it. At non school times parents manage to do it quite adequately. Lollipops are merely doing something which parents can do quite adequately by themselves. Less nanny state wasting of our money and more parental responsibility is needed.[/p][/quote]Said like a true Tory. Better to have more people hit by vehicles and say money, hey Jack? There is plenty of evidence that shows school crossing patrols save lives. I hope you have the same attitude when the privatised NHS can't send an ambulance to your next 999 call, should you be unfortunate to have to make one. You know - less 'Nanny State' and more 'Look after yourself'.[/p][/quote]About time we depose of this KING, Students Unite Get rid of the SH*TE[/p][/quote]I'll never feed a VPG. Poor disguise. The King of Colchester
  • Score: 3

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