Richard Lochhead

Moray SNP News



SNP Councillors have been receiving complaints from concerned parents across Moray over the decision to cut Crossing Patrollers across Moray at peak school times.

Crossing Patroller locations are set to half from 36 to 18 when the new school year starts in August. With many being removed from some of the busiest locations including various town centre locations and areas like the A941 through Rothes.

The SNP Group proposed retaining all the Crossing Patrollers at peak times in their alternative budget.

Commenting on the response to the Crossing Patroller cuts SNP Councillor for Speyside Glenlivet Louise Laing said:

“The consultation led parents to believe that only SCP’s that are situated on pedestrian crossings were at risk so parents presumed that their crossing would be safe because the road their children cross is too dangerous to be affected. In my ward, Aberlour is on the A95, with increasing amounts of traffic every year. Dufftown is a busy town for tourism so not only is there a lot of traffic but also drivers who aren’t used to our roads or driving on the same side as us. In Rothes I spent the morning with the School Crossing Patroller and saw how dangerous that bit of road is to cross, even with a pedestrian crossing.

“As part of the Moray Council’s corporate plan, it says that it will try to provide a healthy and caring community. Surely this should start with encouraging children to walk and cycle to school and to be able to do safely. Yes it’s the parent’s responsibility to get their child to school  but with lots of parents going to work in the morning it is difficult to find the time to walk. I feel this will lead to a build-up of traffic  at school gates as parents will opt for the quickest way of getting their children to school.  

“Children who now rely on just a pedestrian crossing might be tempted to take a short cut and cross elsewhere without an adult being present to make sure they don’t. To cut 18 of 36 school crossing patrollers along with the road safety officer is just ludicrous!”

Councillor Paula Coy said:

“One of the big worries for people in areas like Moray is how dark it can be for children going to and from school in the winter and the removal of Crossing Patrollers makes that worry all the greater for folk.

“My youngest daughter attends New Elgin Primary, which has some very busy roads around it with the main road into Elgin from the south being yards away. It is a huge concern that the Crossing Patroller is to be removed from that very congested location next to a school with more than 600 children in primary and nursery classes.”