Agenda Item No. 6
THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN COUNCIL
SCRUTINY COMMITTEE (ECONOMY AND ENVIRONMENT): 14 JULY 2015
REFERENCE FROM CABINET: 29 JUNE 2015
C2828 ADOPTION OF POLICY AND SITE CRITERIA FOR SCHOOL CROSSING PATROL SERVICE (R) (SCRUTINY COMMITTEE – ECONOMY AND ENVIRONMENT) -
Approval was sought for the adoption of the Road Safety GB Guidelines for delivery of the School Crossing Patrol Services (SCPS).
School Crossing Patrols (SCPs) had been formally in existence for over 60 years. There were 43 established permanent sites within the Vale of Glamorgan. Whilst a number of sites were vacant, there were two mobile officers who covered the highest priority sites that were vacant at any one time. Some of the 43 sites were historical sites which had also been vacant for a number of years. SCPs had the power to stop traffic, provided they were wearing the approved uniform and exhibited the prescribed sign. If a driver failed to stop, he or she could face a fine of up to £1000, 3 penalty points and possible disqualification under the Road Traffic Act 1984.
The need to ensure the safety of children, especially on their journeys to and from school, was paramount to the Council’s aims of reducing road traffic casualties whilst encouraging active travel to school and promoting healthier lifestyles. The SCP service played a vital role in delivering these aims.
Road Safety GB (formerly the Local Authority Road Safety Officers Association) was a national road safety organisation that represented local government road safety teams across the UK. The Road Safety GB School Crossing Patrol Service Guidelines (2012) were nationally regarded as best practice, although were not statutory for use by Local Authorities. The formal adoption of the National SCP Guidelines would allow the Council to fairly and consistently review all existing sites as well as respond to requests for new SCP sites. This would allow the Council to consider the future of sites when circumstances change (for example school closure, road or traffic changes or new road safety infrastructure provided or when an SCP officer vacated his or her position).
Before deciding whether to implement the School Crossing Patrol Policy including Site Assessment Criteria as outlined in the National Guidelines (attached at Appendix 1 to the report), Cabinet had previously approved that a consultation exercise be conducted with interested persons on their contents. Head teachers had been consulted on this policy as well as parents, governors and Town and Community Councils.
The report detailed the four consultation responses received and recommended that the Road Safety GB Guidelines be adopted in full with effect from 1 September, 2015.
This was a matter for Executive decision
(1) T H A T the responses to the consultation process be noted and approved.
(2) T H A T the adoption of the Road Safety GB Guidelines and its site assessment criteria be agreed with effect from 1 September, 2015.
(3) T H A T the report be referred to Scrutiny Committee (Economy and Environment) for consideration.
Reasons for Decisions
(1) To advise Members of the results of the consultation process and the comments received.
(2) To enable the Council to adopt the Road Safety GB Guidelines for delivery of the School Crossing Patrols to enable a fair and consistent approach to reacting to the demand for School Crossing Patrols at any locations within the Vale of Glamorgan area.
(3) For consideration.
Attached as Appendix – Report to Cabinet – 29 JUNE 2015