The Education Department has now updated me as follows :
“I am awaiting the disclosure check for the prospective employee who will be appointed once this is confirmed. He will be trained and appointed once this is received.”
I am anxious to see this matter resolved quickly as the crossing is a busy one for both Blackness Primary School and Harris Academy pupils, so it was good to hear of progress towards this.
Before the end of the school term, the school crossing patroller at the Kelso Steps on Blackness Road disappeared. I immediately raised this with the City Council and have today been updated as follows :
“Five prospective employees were interviewed on Friday 1st October 2010. The standard was good and would expect to offer employment to all subject to disclosure and medical clearance being obtained.
The Kelso Steps crossing is a priority and will be manned asap providing the clearance is forthcoming.”
Blackness Road at the Kelso Street steps is a greatly used crossing point by both Blackness Primary and Harris Academy pupils on their way to school and up till now has had no ‘lollipop’ patroller. Some time ago, the road was slightly narrowed with ‘build outs’ to aid people crossing but parents rightly felt that a crossing patroller was necessary, particularly given the very busy nature of Blackness Road, a bus route and a road that sees many other vehicle movements along it, including HGVs.
I contacted the Education Department about the matter and was advised that a traffic survey would be carried out to see if a crossing patroller was possible in terms of the criteria used – which depends on there being sufficient pupils crossing to justify a patroller. I have now been advised that “the crossing point did reach the criteria to support a SCP” and it is hoped to provide a crossing patroller once a recruitment process has taken place.
I am very pleased that the Education Department recognises the need for a patroller at this busy crossing, particularly given the large number of pupils who cross here to get too and from both Harris Academy and Blackness Primary School. The department tells me that it has been experiencing a short-term recruitment problem but it has advertised for new postholders and therefore hopes to have available staff once recruitment is complete and necessary disclosures are undertaken.