SCHOOL Crossing Patrollers will remain at 13 sites previously deemed as ‘non-viable’ in Moray.
A decision was made in February 2018 to remove school crossing patrollers from sites which were, using national RoSPA guidance, deemed as non-viable. Staffing of these sites was due to finish today.
Yesterday, councillors decided that the non-viable sites will keep a patroller, however cover at signalled crossings, and all sites at lunchtime, will be removed.
This means that £86,000 will be saved in the 2018/19 school year, £33,000 less than was originally agreed earlier this year.
Convener of Moray Council, Cllr Shona Morrison, said: “The majority of councillors voted yesterday to reverse the budget decision taken earlier this year, meaning we’ll continue to provide cover at a total of 30 crossing sites in Moray.
“Staff have been informed and we’ll do all we can to make sure as many sites as possible are staffed by the time pupils return from their summer holiday.”
Staffing at the following sites was due to end today, but will now retain a patroller, subject to availability, from August 2018:
Buckie: South Pringle Street/West Cathcart Street
Buckie: Well Road/Mill Crescent
Elgin: Brodie Drive/Seafield School
Elgin: Wittet Drive/Mayne Road
Elgin: Glenlossie Drive
Elgin: Main Street/School Brae
Findochty: Netherton Terrace/Mid Street
Fochabers: High Street
Forres: Orchard Road/Applegrove School
Forres: Pilmuir Road West
Mosstodloch: Garmouth Road/ Mosstodloch School
Aberlour: Queens Road/High Street
Dufftown: Balvenie Street/Albert Place/Macduff Place
Famous for its colony of dolphins, fabulous beaches and more malt whisky distilleries than any where else in Scotland, Moray is a thriving area and a great place to live. Nestling between Aberdeenshire and the Highlands, Moray stretches from Tomintoul in the south to the shores of the Moray Firth, from Keith in the east to Brodie Castle in the west.