Fears over crossing safety in Bolton

Mary Rae, is retiring as school crossing lady at Heather Garth primary school after 13 years. She is pictured here with family members l-r alanna Reivytis, nine, Seth Clewes, seven and Bayley Thorn, 11, who attend the school. Picture: Marie Caley S0853MC
Mary Rae, is retiring as school crossing lady at Heather Garth primary school after 13 years. She is pictured here with family members l-r alanna Reivytis, nine, Seth Clewes, seven and Bayley Thorn, 11, who attend the school. Picture: Marie Caley S0853MC

A retiring school crossing warden in Bolton fears for children’s safety, following news that she is not to be replaced.

Mary Rae has helped pupils of Heather Garth School across Billingley View twice a day for 13 years, and claims the crossing role is essential due to volumes of moving and parked traffic.

Her views are supported by governors and parents at the school who have raised a petition against the potential loss.

Mrs Rae, 63, said: “I’ve had 13 happy years but being told no-one will replace me has cast a cloud over my retirement. It’s upset me a lot. A road survey was done by Barnsley Council last month but they chose a quiet day.

“There is a definite need for crossing help at Heather Garth. The children are used to someone. They rush out of school and I can see an accident waiting to happen if no-one is there to check them.”

A council spokesman said: “we follow national criteria in deciding whether a school crossing patrol is needed at a specific site. the site will be assessed again in the future.”