By Guiseppe De Santic - There is an interesting story that demonstrates, once again, how Labour councillors in Barking & Dagenham get their priorities wrong.
A few weeks ago a local paper reported that lives of children are being put at risk because a primary school has been without a crossing patrol for six months.
More than 150 parents signed a petition calling for a replacement “lollipop lady” outside Valence Primary, in Bonham Road, Dagenham, after the previous one went on sick leave in April.
One parent, Emma Forbes, 32, said: “They are playing with children’s lives. If they don’t get a replacement there’s going to be a death on their hands.”
Ms Forbes’s nine-year-old daughter Molly was hit by a reversing car outside the school on October 7.
“She was crossing the road in the morning. This lady started reversing and hit my child. It was only parents shouting that made the driver stop,” Ms Forbes said.
Molly’s arm was hurt but she did not need to go to hospital.
Ms Forbes added: “This was quite a mild incident, but next time it could be much worse.”
Donna Salmon, 36, who is partially sighted and has three children, said she has to rely on her hearing to cross the road.
She said: “It’s quite mad. There really needs to be someone here.”
Indeed it's odd that the council is taking so long to replace a lollipop lady and this can only mean that it's deliberately freezing hirings in order to save money.
However what is really upsetting is that Labour councillors are still wasting £320,000 a year on useless union officers; surely any politician with a bit of common sense would sack those union officers and use the £320,000 saved to hire more lollipop ladies but clearly Labour councillors don't know what common sense is..