Safety fight to continue after Hope lollipop lady's exit

Published date: 20 March 2014 |
Published by: Robert Doman 
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A LOLLIPOP lady says she has been touched by the “overwhelming” support she received after quitting her job over a safety issue.

Wendy Ellis resigned from being a lollipop lady at Ysgol Estyn, Hope, after Flintshire Council called on her to explain her actions after speaking to the Leader about a speeding issue by the school.

She fears someone will be hurt due to drivers flouting speed limits on the “dangerous” Hawarden Road running past the primary school and helped launch a campaign to combat the problem.

Now parents, at a meeting of Home School Association fundraising members, have vowed to pick up where she left off.

Mrs Ellis, 49, says she has no plans to seek a return to her job despite expressing her sadness at leaving.

“The response has been overwhelming and it has been quite emotional,” she said.

“I am sad it has come to this because it is a wonderful school with wonderful children, staff and parents.

“I had happy times there and made good friends, but too much water has passed under the bridge to go back now. I am very touched by people’s kind words and I can’t put into words how much it means to me.”

The Leader spoke to parents, who all expressed their disappointment over the loss of the lollipop lady who had stood up to enhance child safety outside the school.

Mrs Ellis, of Leeswood, said she would continue to support the safety bid after parents attending the meeting vowed to carry on with her work.

Barbara Jones, who was present at the meeting, said: “We are all very cross about what has happened but we have set up a committee to carry on with Wendy’s work.

“As much as we would love to have Wendy back, we can’t have her although everyone would love to see it happen.

“Wendy started a petition asking the council to look at what can be done about the speeding issue so we will continue with that.”

Mrs Ellis wished good luck to her successor after Flintshire Council advertised the position on Monday.

She added: “I wish whoever replaces me lots of luck and I hope they are as passionate about the job as I was.”

Parents campaigning for new safety measures hope a speed camera will be installed outside the school.

l A statement from Neal Cockerton, Flintshire Council’s head of assets and transportation, issued on Monday, said: “Mrs Wendy Ellis was invited to attend a meeting at County Hall, Mold with Road Safety staff to discuss her concerns at the traffic conditions at Ysgol Estyn, following recent Press coverage with regard to this issue.

“Unfortunately, Mrs Ellis declined this invitation and has now tendered her resignation.

“The authority will now advertise this vacant post through the normal channels.

“In the interim we will seek to appoint a relief patrol.

“It remains the parents’ and/or guardians’ responsibility to ensure the safe passage of their children to and from school.

“A ‘Safe Routes in Communities’ bid has been submitted to the Welsh Government for funding to assist with the conversion of the zebra crossing, situated outside Ysgol Estyn, to a controlled puffin crossing.

“It is anticipated a decision on the bid will be made before the end of March.”

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