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Number of lollipop men and women in Havering decreases

PUBLISHED: 14:42 08 August 2016 | UPDATED: 17:00 08 August 2016

Lollipop lady Pam Potter with parents and pupils is to retire after 18 years

Lollipop lady Pam Potter with parents and pupils is to retire after 18 years

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The number of lollipop men and women in the borough is on the decrease and finding people to take on the role has proven “difficult”.

Jeff Brazier dressed up as a lollipop man as part of Churchill Iinsurance's campaign to get lollipop people back on the streets.Jeff Brazier dressed up as a lollipop man as part of Churchill Iinsurance's campaign to get lollipop people back on the streets.

In 2013, there was a total of 35 lollipoppers in Havering but this figure has decreased to 29 in 2016, with two current vacancies, due to a number of employees retiring.

Cllr Osman Dervish, Havering Council’s cabinet member for the environment, regulatory services and community safety, said: “Each location is reviewed once left vacant and if the site has a crossing of some description then a SCPO (School Crossing Patrol Officer) is not automatically replaced.

“Sadly, it has also proved fairly difficult to recruit SCPO’s due to minimal contracted hours and term time working only.”

Churchill Insurance has launched a nationwide campaign to put lollipop men and women back on the streets.

The company got up to 50,000 nominations for a school in need, with 50 chosen at random to be selected to receive a fully funded lollipopper for 2017 – Ardleigh Green Junior School, Ardleigh Green Road, Hornchurch, was chosen.

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