Hope lollipop lady is back on patrol after speed row

Published date: 26 March 2014 |
Published by: Jamie Nield-Siddall 
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A LOLLIPOP lady who quit in a row over a road safety campaign has returned to work.

Parents, pupils and passing motorists cheered as Wendy Ellis resumed her patrol duties outside Ysgol Estyn in Hope yesterday.

Mrs Ellis, 49, of Leeswood, resigned two weeks ago after Flintshire Council officers called on her to explain her actions after speaking out in the Leader about a speeding issue on the road at the school.

She was the driving force behind a campaign to see something done to the “dangerous” stretch on Hawarden Road.

Mrs Ellis raised concerns someone would be hurt if action was not taken to slow down motorists outside the primary school.

But she quit her job after a confrontation with council officials who had summoned her in for a meeting.

She claimed the council had asked her to distance herself from the issue – while authority bosses said they had merely called her in to discuss her road safety concerns.

Less than a week ago an angry Mrs Ellis said she had no plans to return to her job, but vowed to continue to support the road safety bid.

But yesterday she was back – lollipop in hand – helping children get safely to and from school.

When the Leader went to Ysgol Estyn, Mrs Ellis said she had been advised not to make a comment to the Leader, but she was being cheered by passing motorists delighted to see her back.

Parents and children said they welcomed her “home”.

One parent Nicola Jones said: “It is fabulous she’s back, we are all delighted.

“She’s not just a lollipop lady; she is a very important part of the community.”

Nicola Ankers, who was dropping off her two children, Ruby, four, and Grace, eight, at school, said: “The kids have been gutted that she’s not been here. I had to explain to my four-year-old yesterday why she had left her job.

“When we have turned up today they were so excited to see her. It’s fantastic.”

Another parent, Steve Herdman, said: “It shows everyone cares about her. All the children have been asking all the time where has she gone.

“It is important she is here because all the children and parents have trust in her.”

Mark Robinson, parent and chairman of the Home School Association (HSA) parents’ group, said: “From our point of view it is good to have a bit of common sense. We need someone here who cares.

“It is very important she is here crossing the children over the road to the school.

“It is more important to have someone here who really cares.”

Neal Cockerton, Flintshire Council’s head of assets and transportation, said: “Following discussions with Wendy Ellis, she has reconsidered her position and has agreed to continue with her duties in assisting child pedestrians and adults across the A550 Hawarden Road during the morning and afternoon period to and from Ysgol Estyn Community School.

“Physical traffic calming is generally not provided on principal ‘A’ roads. However soft traffic calming measures, school warning signs and 20mph advisory signs are already in place, together with a speed vehicle activated sign from the Wrexham approach.

“Such measures are there to raise awareness among motorists and it is their responsibility to drive sensibly and with care according to local conditions, particularly when driving in the vicinity of a school.

“A ‘Safe Routes in Communities’ bid has been submitted to the Welsh Government for funding to assist with the conversion of the existing zebra crossing, situated outside Ysgol Estyn, to a controlled Puffin crossing and it is anticipated a decision on the bid is expected soon.”

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  1. Posted by: Victoria meldrew at 21:37 on 26 March 2014 Report

    On Gresford road, people speed through the 40mph limit as if it's just a continuation of the 60mph stretch. The village has inadequate pavements, very narrow in parts with speeding cars racing down hawarden road. on stryt isa, (a speedy short cut )there are no pavements leading up to housing, and housing estates beyond castell Alun entrance. Lets hope the County listen seriously to this lady's plight.

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