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A PUPIL is appealing for someone to come forward for a lollipop patrol outside his school.

Malcolm Sargent Primary School has not had a lollipop person outside its premises in Empingham Road, Stamford, after the previous one retired because of ill health.

Now Steven Day, 10, has written to parents asking for someone to come forward to take up the role.

In February, Steven handed over a petition calling for a pedestrian crossing to be installed outside the school to Les Outram from Lincolnshire County Council’s community travel zone initiative. He collected nearly 400 signatures.

Since then, Steven has seen a family nearly being hit by a car and said a crossing patrol would help the problem.

Steven said: “I think we need a lollipop person to ensure the safety of the children because people do drive fast on the road.

“When I saw the family nearly getting hit by the car, I was terrified.

“It is so scary thinking that it could happen to a child at the school and a lollipop person could help that.”

Deputy headteacher Tim Cox said the school had established a parent and teacher group to look at improving the morning run for the school and to help ease congestion.

He said one of the main concerns of the group was speeding, especially since it has started a walking bus.

Mr Cox added: “We feel there is a strong case for a further traffic reduction scheme or at least a proper crossing near to the school.

“We would like something done as a preventative measure, rather than having to wait for an unfortunate accident to occur in order for plans to be put into motion.

“Steven’s well written letter reflects our concerns and highlights how important it is that we find a local crossing patrol person, and that the local council takes this matter seriously.”

Mayor of Stamford David Brailsford, who is also a Lincolnshire county councillor, is backing Steven’s safety calls.

Coun Brailsford (Con), who is a governor at the school, said: “I’m very worried there could be an accident and I am disappointed something hasn’t been done sooner.”

To register an interest in taking on the lollipop patrol contact the school on 01780 762708.

Right: Steven Day with a copy of the letter he has written

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