What she doesn’t deserve is the treatment she has received from Surrey County Council.
During the week commencing 2nd July 2012, she received a letter from the Council, telling her she would no longer able to use her ‘lollipop’. Instead, because there are traffic lights, she would only be allowed to press the button for the children. She would not be allowed to walk into the road, because she would not be insured if a driver hit her.
The words ‘thin’, ‘end’ and ‘wedge’ come to mind.
Why? The traffic lights have been at the junction of the High Street and Chobham Road, outside the Garibaldi Public House, for sixteen years. So why suddenly notice them now?
If Fran’s powers are reduced – or, worse, she is made redundant – children will be less safe on their way to and from school. Motorists regularly ‘jump the red’ at this junction. The presence of a school crossing patrol such as Fran is a far greater deterrent to bad driving. Just fitting an infra-red sensor will not be the same.
What Can I Do?
Contact our local councillors. Their contact information is here.
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Tell Fran you support her! This website and campaign is independent of her. Have a word with her, next time you are passing at school run time.