Billericay school campaigns to save lollipop man Tom

Billericay school campaigns to save lollipop man Tom

Billericay school campaigns to save lollipop man Tom

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PARENTS and children have launched a campaign to save a beloved lollipop man from getting the chop.

Tom Dodd, 71, has been a regular fixture outside the gates at St Peter’s Catholic Primary School, Billericay, for five and a half years.

But he could soon go after Essex County Council announced controversial moneysaving plans.

A Facebook group calling for him to be saved was set up on Friday, and within 24 hours it had the support of more than 170 parents.

They are organising a petition to deliver to County Hall.

Mr Dodd patrols a zebra crossing on Southend Road before St Peter’s opens and when the children leave.

Louise Steel, 33, of Tyrone Road, is behind the campaign to stop him being axed.

She has witnessed a string of near misses on the 30mph stretch while dropping off and picking up children Jake, nine, and Oliver, seven.

Mrs Steel said: “It doesn’t bear thinking about what could happen if Tom goes.

“Cars speed down the road and just don’t stop at all. A lot of children cross the road, and once they get to Year 6 they want to start walking to school on their own. It just wouldn’t be safe without Tom.

“He knows most of the children by name and they all love him.

“He was really upset when he first found out what could happen, and now he is amazed by how big this has got and how much support he has.”

Chris Nisbetts, chairman of the Friends of St Peter’s School group, is dad to ten year-old Abbie, Isabelle, six and Nancy, three. He added: “We all want Tom to stay, and someone definitley needs to be on the crossing.

“Southend Road is the main route from Basildon to Billericay, so it can be really dangerous. If you have got a couple of kids to look after, it’s hard to stop them running across the crossing.

“Tom doesn’t just stop the traffic, he also stops pedestrians so he stops the road getting really congested. It would be a nightmare in the mornings without him there.

“There has been someone on the crossing since 2001, so what has changed? It is just as dangerous now as it has been for more than ten years.”

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9:35am Wed 19 Mar 14

Jack222 says...

Sorry, I dont care if he is nice. The issue is - is he needed? The answer is no. It's the parent / carers responsibility to help children cross roads.

We need less nanny state wasting of our money and more parental / carer responsibility!
Sorry, I dont care if he is nice. The issue is - is he needed? The answer is no. It's the parent / carers responsibility to help children cross roads. We need less nanny state wasting of our money and more parental / carer responsibility! Jack222
  • Score: -3

9:59am Wed 19 Mar 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

I agree 71 years old, probably thinks it's his duty to do this ridiculous crossing patrol, high time they were all abolished, with Pelican crossings, and a copy of the green cross code being referred to at infants schools...
I agree 71 years old, probably thinks it's his duty to do this ridiculous crossing patrol, high time they were all abolished, with Pelican crossings, and a copy of the green cross code being referred to at infants schools... carnmountyouknowitmakessense
  • Score: -4

10:52am Wed 19 Mar 14

Iamnotmoving says...

What world do you live in?
Did you know that the road is a speeding hot-spot? Just this week the Echo reported that the speed camera just a quarter of a mile up the road is the second busiest in the District.
Do you know the road? Do you know that over 150 primary children cross that road each morning/afternoon?
Do you know that a young girl was killed here?
It's lucky he is a nice man yes, but we are looking to save the crossing patrol and keep our children safe.
What world do you live in? Did you know that the road is a speeding hot-spot? Just this week the Echo reported that the speed camera just a quarter of a mile up the road is the second busiest in the District. Do you know the road? Do you know that over 150 primary children cross that road each morning/afternoon? Do you know that a young girl was killed here? It's lucky he is a nice man yes, but we are looking to save the crossing patrol and keep our children safe. Iamnotmoving
  • Score: 5

1:40pm Wed 19 Mar 14

Kim Gandy says...

Jack222 wrote:
Sorry, I dont care if he is nice. The issue is - is he needed? The answer is no. It's the parent / carers responsibility to help children cross roads.

We need less nanny state wasting of our money and more parental / carer responsibility!
Oh for God's sake, are you still on the attack?

They've been around for decades and do an excellent job. Why all of a sudden are people like you on the attack.

Is it "if it moves, kill it?"

This website is a seething mass of hateful comments and lies and rumour and absolutely NO substance.

Hardly anyone keeps on topic these days, it's just slagging off and criticising, often directed at decent people.

This is nothing to do with nanny state and you know it. It's all about the safety of children.

Parents drive to school, they are criticised, they let their kids walk, they are STILL criticised. Make your mind up. You can't have it both ways.

I know there are some parents who abuse privileges like parking on pavements and in drives. However, the majority are decent people who want their kids to be safe from the sort of filth that speeds around in 30mph areas - one of them even brags about it on this very website.

Save your criticism for scum like him.

The traffic situation has got worse in the past two decades thank to Labour's policy of flooding the country with mass uncontrolled immigration. Essex is the most overcrowded county in the UK.

Spite, spite and more spite.

Oh and MINE is in self defence from the sort of morons who regularly dredge up and regurgitate rubbish from the internet about myself and others - and who would attack me even if I said it was a nice sunny day.

Is it really so hard to comment on something without constantly just attacking for attacking's sake?
[quote][p][bold]Jack222[/bold] wrote: Sorry, I dont care if he is nice. The issue is - is he needed? The answer is no. It's the parent / carers responsibility to help children cross roads. We need less nanny state wasting of our money and more parental / carer responsibility![/p][/quote]Oh for God's sake, are you still on the attack? They've been around for decades and do an excellent job. Why all of a sudden are people like you on the attack. Is it "if it moves, kill it?" This website is a seething mass of hateful comments and lies and rumour and absolutely NO substance. Hardly anyone keeps on topic these days, it's just slagging off and criticising, often directed at decent people. This is nothing to do with nanny state and you know it. It's all about the safety of children. Parents drive to school, they are criticised, they let their kids walk, they are STILL criticised. Make your mind up. You can't have it both ways. I know there are some parents who abuse privileges like parking on pavements and in drives. However, the majority are decent people who want their kids to be safe from the sort of filth that speeds around in 30mph areas - one of them even brags about it on this very website. Save your criticism for scum like him. The traffic situation has got worse in the past two decades thank to Labour's policy of flooding the country with mass uncontrolled immigration. Essex is the most overcrowded county in the UK. Spite, spite and more spite. Oh and MINE is in self defence from the sort of morons who regularly dredge up and regurgitate rubbish from the internet about myself and others - and who would attack me even if I said it was a nice sunny day. Is it really so hard to comment on something without constantly just attacking for attacking's sake? Kim Gandy
  • Score: 0

1:41pm Wed 19 Mar 14

Kim Gandy says...

Iamnotmoving wrote:
What world do you live in?
Did you know that the road is a speeding hot-spot? Just this week the Echo reported that the speed camera just a quarter of a mile up the road is the second busiest in the District.
Do you know the road? Do you know that over 150 primary children cross that road each morning/afternoon?
Do you know that a young girl was killed here?
It's lucky he is a nice man yes, but we are looking to save the crossing patrol and keep our children safe.
Hear hear! Just ignore the usual resident bile-spewers.
[quote][p][bold]Iamnotmoving[/bold] wrote: What world do you live in? Did you know that the road is a speeding hot-spot? Just this week the Echo reported that the speed camera just a quarter of a mile up the road is the second busiest in the District. Do you know the road? Do you know that over 150 primary children cross that road each morning/afternoon? Do you know that a young girl was killed here? It's lucky he is a nice man yes, but we are looking to save the crossing patrol and keep our children safe.[/p][/quote]Hear hear! Just ignore the usual resident bile-spewers. Kim Gandy
  • Score: 0

1:42pm Wed 19 Mar 14

Kim Gandy says...

carnmountyouknowitma
kessense
wrote:
I agree 71 years old, probably thinks it's his duty to do this ridiculous crossing patrol, high time they were all abolished, with Pelican crossings, and a copy of the green cross code being referred to at infants schools...
you still commenting?

Remarkable since you know nothing about anything at all...
[quote][p][bold]carnmountyouknowitma kessense[/bold] wrote: I agree 71 years old, probably thinks it's his duty to do this ridiculous crossing patrol, high time they were all abolished, with Pelican crossings, and a copy of the green cross code being referred to at infants schools...[/p][/quote]you still commenting? Remarkable since you know nothing about anything at all... Kim Gandy
  • Score: 0

4:00pm Wed 19 Mar 14

ThisYear says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
Jack222 wrote:
Sorry, I dont care if he is nice. The issue is - is he needed? The answer is no. It's the parent / carers responsibility to help children cross roads.

We need less nanny state wasting of our money and more parental / carer responsibility!
Oh for God's sake, are you still on the attack?

They've been around for decades and do an excellent job. Why all of a sudden are people like you on the attack.

Is it "if it moves, kill it?"

This website is a seething mass of hateful comments and lies and rumour and absolutely NO substance.

Hardly anyone keeps on topic these days, it's just slagging off and criticising, often directed at decent people.

This is nothing to do with nanny state and you know it. It's all about the safety of children.

Parents drive to school, they are criticised, they let their kids walk, they are STILL criticised. Make your mind up. You can't have it both ways.

I know there are some parents who abuse privileges like parking on pavements and in drives. However, the majority are decent people who want their kids to be safe from the sort of filth that speeds around in 30mph areas - one of them even brags about it on this very website.

Save your criticism for scum like him.

The traffic situation has got worse in the past two decades thank to Labour's policy of flooding the country with mass uncontrolled immigration. Essex is the most overcrowded county in the UK.

Spite, spite and more spite.

Oh and MINE is in self defence from the sort of morons who regularly dredge up and regurgitate rubbish from the internet about myself and others - and who would attack me even if I said it was a nice sunny day.

Is it really so hard to comment on something without constantly just attacking for attacking's sake?
"This website is a seething mass of hateful comments and lies and rumour and absolutely NO substance"

And thats only the contents of your comments Kim.
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jack222[/bold] wrote: Sorry, I dont care if he is nice. The issue is - is he needed? The answer is no. It's the parent / carers responsibility to help children cross roads. We need less nanny state wasting of our money and more parental / carer responsibility![/p][/quote]Oh for God's sake, are you still on the attack? They've been around for decades and do an excellent job. Why all of a sudden are people like you on the attack. Is it "if it moves, kill it?" This website is a seething mass of hateful comments and lies and rumour and absolutely NO substance. Hardly anyone keeps on topic these days, it's just slagging off and criticising, often directed at decent people. This is nothing to do with nanny state and you know it. It's all about the safety of children. Parents drive to school, they are criticised, they let their kids walk, they are STILL criticised. Make your mind up. You can't have it both ways. I know there are some parents who abuse privileges like parking on pavements and in drives. However, the majority are decent people who want their kids to be safe from the sort of filth that speeds around in 30mph areas - one of them even brags about it on this very website. Save your criticism for scum like him. The traffic situation has got worse in the past two decades thank to Labour's policy of flooding the country with mass uncontrolled immigration. Essex is the most overcrowded county in the UK. Spite, spite and more spite. Oh and MINE is in self defence from the sort of morons who regularly dredge up and regurgitate rubbish from the internet about myself and others - and who would attack me even if I said it was a nice sunny day. Is it really so hard to comment on something without constantly just attacking for attacking's sake?[/p][/quote]"This website is a seething mass of hateful comments and lies and rumour and absolutely NO substance" And thats only the contents of your comments Kim. ThisYear
  • Score: 1

10:24pm Wed 19 Mar 14

dannyocean says...

Having driven this road every morning between 8.30-9.00am for the past 5-6yrs, I can safely say that this guy certainly looks after the kids and parents crossing. Is he needed? Probably, yes.

However, I curse this man every single morning, without fail. He puts 100% attention on letting every individual child or parent across and stopping the traffic when any pedestrian is within 30ft of the crossing. The traffic, more often than not, is back up to the petrol station in South Green and way back before the business park as you enter the 30mph zone coming in to Billericay. It's absolutely crazy and if he doesn't go, he certainly needs some training on how to keep the traffic flowing as well as letting people cross safely. I would never condone aggressive or fast driving but I can totally understand why drivers get irritated, impatient and jumpy by the time they reach the crossing.

If you're reading this Tom, remember it's a ROAD primarily, designed for vehicles. How about holding a few pedestrians back for 15 seconds every so often and letting more than one single car through? It's not helped by the complete lack of care, attention, awareness and common sense by many of the parents driving their kids to school though, albeit there's clearly nowhere near enough space down that road as cars constantly queue back on to the Southend Road.

While I'm having a rant....and I'm enjoying being constructive for a change!...I'd suggest that the parents that blatantly drag their kids across the road 20yds up from the zebra crossing should be publicly shamed. Teach your kids some proper road safety you morons. Or get your lazy butts out of bed in time to get them there without putting yours and your young children's lives at risk.
Having driven this road every morning between 8.30-9.00am for the past 5-6yrs, I can safely say that this guy certainly looks after the kids and parents crossing. Is he needed? Probably, yes. However, I curse this man every single morning, without fail. He puts 100% attention on letting every individual child or parent across and stopping the traffic when any pedestrian is within 30ft of the crossing. The traffic, more often than not, is back up to the petrol station in South Green and way back before the business park as you enter the 30mph zone coming in to Billericay. It's absolutely crazy and if he doesn't go, he certainly needs some training on how to keep the traffic flowing as well as letting people cross safely. I would never condone aggressive or fast driving but I can totally understand why drivers get irritated, impatient and jumpy by the time they reach the crossing. If you're reading this Tom, remember it's a ROAD primarily, designed for vehicles. How about holding a few pedestrians back for 15 seconds every so often and letting more than one single car through? It's not helped by the complete lack of care, attention, awareness and common sense by many of the parents driving their kids to school though, albeit there's clearly nowhere near enough space down that road as cars constantly queue back on to the Southend Road. While I'm having a rant....and I'm enjoying being constructive for a change!...I'd suggest that the parents that blatantly drag their kids across the road 20yds up from the zebra crossing should be publicly shamed. Teach your kids some proper road safety you morons. Or get your lazy butts out of bed in time to get them there without putting yours and your young children's lives at risk. dannyocean
  • Score: 1

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