Suffolk County Council could axe its entire school crossing patrol service (SCPS), according to a report in the East Anglian Daily Times (EADT).
Sources at the council confirmed to the EADT that the entire £230,000 SCPS budget is set to be included in possible cuts to be discussed by the county’s finance scrutiny committee.
Final decisions, however, cannot be made until the county knows the exact settlement it will receive from the Department of Communities and Local Government.
Sandy Martin, Labour group leader, said: “Parents all over Suffolk know how important it is for their children to get to school safely.
“The county council administration has a totally warped sense of priorities if they can’t see what a terrible decision this will be.
“Labour councillors at Suffolk County Council and in borough and district councils throughout the county will not rest until we have made the Conservatives see sense about this.”
According to the EADT report, Jane Storey, county deputy leader, said she knew SCPs were mentioned in the budget document, but did not know the details of the issue.
She said: “There are going to be a lot of things a lot of people are not going to be happy about – but I’m afraid this is the stark reality we are facing.”
Click here to read the full EADT report.