Petition - Request to Reinstate School Crossing Patrol at Red Barn Community Primary School

Response from Hampshire County Council, July 2016

Thank you for your letter and attached petition received on 13 May 2016.

When a School Crossing Patrol (SCP) resigns, it is Hampshire County Council policy to survey the site to ensure it meets the appropriate criteria within current guidelines. The SCP on Linden Lea, outside Red Barn Primary School, left on 18 April 2016.

The criteria used follows the national guidelines issued by Road Safety GB which takes into account both the number of children crossing and the volume of traffic using the road. The survey is carried out for an hour, usually between 8am - 9am, which is generally the busiest time for traffic. Other additional factors, specific to the site, are taken into account when establishing the justification for the provision of a School Crossing Patrol.

In this instance, the survey identified that the site is not justified and it is with regret that the County Council will not, at present, be recruiting a School Crossing Patrol Officer at this site.

The Road Safety education team has held assemblies in Red Barn Primary School in order to offer training and advice to the children. It will continue working with its Junior Road Safety Officer's (JRSO's) in order to assist with any additional targeted training.

Yours sincerely,

Councillor R. Humby
Executive Member for Environment & Transport