I am looking into the feasibility of re-introducing a School Crossing Patrol (SCP) in Porthleven between the bus stop and Sunset Gardens. This stretch of road is rather busy, and it is claimed by many to be fast. Many will know there used to be a SCP, but this stopped many years ago and no one seems to know why.
The plan is for this site to be inspected for suitability for the (which it is) SCP. Then a survey is undertaken on how many cars travel along this stretch of road at school times. Once this data has been collected, it is compared with national guidelines. If it does meet those guidelines a report is written supporting the SCP.
Of course, with any scheme there is a cost. In general terms a site setup can cost around £3000. This includes signage, flashing lights and drop kerbs. There is also an average annual cost of around £4500 of running and staffing a site.
In the meantime I am also looking at placing another ‘island crossing’ in the same area. This will be similar to the one I had fitted between the Boating Lake and the Fairground Car Park. However, the cost of this is likley to be in excess of £10,000, and my highways budget has been fairly depleted because of other projects like Gibson Way. Still, I will keep trying.