New lollipop lady brings joy for parents at Gosberton

Lollipop lady Sheila Coles watches the heavy traffic from the roadside. SG200916-200TW
Lollipop lady Sheila Coles watches the heavy traffic from the roadside. SG200916-200TW
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Parents and staff are celebrating the arrival of a new lollipop lady, who is making a “dangerous” road outside Gosberton Academy safe for children to cross.

In mid-November a boy pupil was hit by a vehicle wing mirror, prompting head of school Sarah Gray to question whether the “quite confusing” road markings outside the school should be replaced and “a proper crossing installed”.

Mum Zoe Russell outside the school with children Kaitlin and Andrew Pendry. SG200916-203TW

Mum Zoe Russell outside the school with children Kaitlin and Andrew Pendry. SG200916-203TW

The county council has responded by appointing lollipop patrol Sheila Coles.

Welcoming the appointment, Ms Gray told us: “We are really pleased we have got a new crossing patrol. The children are really happy and the families are happier too. It makes it absolutely explicit that the traffic has to stop and it just removes that element of confusion.”

Donington mum Zoe Russell has three children at the school, Alec (10), Kaitlin (7) and Andrew Pendry (5), and says it was “a nightmare” trying to cross the road before the lollipop lady arrived.

Zoe said: “You would try to hold onto the bags and the kids’ hands and try to cross in between vehicles. None of the drivers would stop for you.

Lollipop lady Sheila Coles with Karen Twyman and children Keeton Shirley and Evan Hayes. SG200916-204TW

Lollipop lady Sheila Coles with Karen Twyman and children Keeton Shirley and Evan Hayes. SG200916-204TW

“I think it’s brilliant to have a lollipop lady. It’s a lot safer.”

Gosberton mum Karen Twyman, who has children Ashton (9) and Evan Hayes (8) at the school, said: “The new lollipop crossing at Gosberton is excellent for children and families because it is now safe to cross the road.

“The road has lots of heavy traffic and it was dangerous to cross before.

“My children now look forward to walking to school because the lollipop lady is friendly and helpful.”

Area highways manager Andy Wharff said: “We’ve been working with Gosberton Academy and the local parish council for several months now to address safety concerns for pedestrians outside the school.

“In July, we agreed a school crossing patrol should be established there to make it safer for children and families to cross the road.

“We started the recruitment process for a school crossing patrol person and installed signs to make drivers aware of the school crossing zone over the summer, in readiness for the new school term.

“The Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership has been closely involved throughout the process, and has been going into the school and talking to pupils about road safety.”

Previously ...

MP backs road safety fight in Gosberton

Plea from Gosberton: ‘Cut volume and speed of traffic before we see someone killed’

Crossing campaign is sparked by accident outside Gosberton school