Portsmouth schools to be consulted in new year over crossing patrols plan

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A CONSULTATION over plans for Portsmouth schools to cover the cost of school crossing patrols will begin in the new year.

Tory council leader Donna Jones says she wants headteachers to contribute about £200,000 to ensure the work of lollipop men and women carries on.

Cllr Jones has said finding the money is necessary so job cuts are not made.

Lib Dem group leader Gerald Vernon-Jackson told members at yesterday’s full council debate he was unhappy with the way the plans had been presented.

He said he had spoken to schools, and ‘dozens’ had replied to say they weren’t even aware the idea was on the table and have concerns about having to help fund the service.

Cllr Vernon-Jackson said: ‘I emailed headteachers who then wrote back to me saying they had no idea this was happening and had not been consulted.’

But Cllr Jones hit back saying she had started speaking to schools months ago about the proposal.