Village school’s lollipop man saved

A LOLLIPOP man who works at a village school has had his job saved by a council, much to the delight of parents and pupils who petitioned in his favour.

Crossing patrol officer Dennis Hibbert was in danger of having his job at Codicote Primary School axed by Herts County Council, in a review of patrols at pedestrian crossings that have traffic lights.

But a decision by the Cabinet will now see Mr Hibbert stay in his post.

Over 300 signatures were collected in a bid to save Mr Hibbert, who said he was “very happy” with the news, as well as posters drawn by children at the school which were sent to County Council.

Headteacher Liz Pollard said: “We’re absolutely delighted. The children used their own initiative to do posters showing what Dennis means to them.

“They were very unhappy about something and were able to make their voices heard.”

Stuart Pile, executive member for Highways and Transport, said: “Cabinet has taken the decision that the current service (school crossing patrols) will continue and that changes to the provision of patrols will only be considered when vacancies arise.

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“We will also continue to explore ways of sharing funding for this popular service with schools or other organisations.”

About the posters themselves, Cllr Pile added: “We got about 30 or 40 of them and some were really good.

“It’s not often we get much through the mail that really makes us smile but they really did. It was lovely thing to see, especially at this time of the year.”

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