Lollipop patrol launched on busy road

New lollipop man Brian Lumley on Boroughbridge Road in Ripon with Coun Pauline McHardy and school crossing patrol officer Barry Johnson, of North Yorkshire County Council, who carried out traffic surveys showing the need for the patrol, along with happy parents and pupils. (S)
New lollipop man Brian Lumley on Boroughbridge Road in Ripon with Coun Pauline McHardy and school crossing patrol officer Barry Johnson, of North Yorkshire County Council, who carried out traffic surveys showing the need for the patrol, along with happy parents and pupils. (S)

A LOLLIPOP patrol has been introduced on one of Ripon’s busiest roads after a four-year battle by a city councillor.

Coun Pauline McHardy (Minster Ward) began lobbying North Yorkshire County Council for crossing facilities on Boroughbridge Road four years ago when constituents raised concerns with her about the speed and amount of traffic.

And while she is pleased help is now on hand for schoolchildren crossing at Ripon Bowling Club, Coun McHardy is continuing to press the county council for more facilities on the road near the junction with High St Agnesgate, namely: a second lollipop patrol and a permanent pedestrian crossing for the benefit of everyone.

After paying the lollipop patrol a visit on Monday, she said: “The reaction of the parents was one of great delight knowing their children are going to be safe.

“It’s alright having school crossings immediately outside schools, but there are big dangers away from schools and that’s what needed to be addressed.”

The four-year campaign has seen many hurdles along the way. After notices placed in schools advertising the lollipop patrol vacancies failed to attract candidates, Coun McHardy offered to pay for a press advertisement herself after the county council deemed it too expensive – although it then agreed to fund it.

And although the advertisement led to two people being taken on for the role more than 18 months ago, they then gave backword.

But the county council has now taken on Brian Lumley to perform the morning and afternoon patrols, and hopes to appoint a second person in the near future to help share the duties.

Coun McHardy would also like to see other traffic measures taken outside schools being adopted on Boroughbridge Road.

“There is always a 20mph speed limit outside schools and I think there should be a 20mph speed limit from when you come off Bedern Bank all the way to the Wolseley buildings so, if drivers are coming off the bypass, they will already be doing a slower speed when they get to where school children and other pedestrians are crossing,” she said.

Coun McHardy is set to invite officials from the highways department of North Yorkshire County Council to a meeting in the near future with Ripon’s city councillors to discuss traffic and road maintenance issues relating to Boroughbridge Road and other areas of the city.