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A long-awaited lollipop patrol in School Lane, Iwade, will soon be a reality thanks to a local County Councillor.

Residents, the Parish Council and Iwade School have all felt for some time that a crossing patrol would improve safety. Despite previous efforts it has not been possible to provide this.

However, following interventions by local County Councillor Mike Whiting, a highways survey of the site was done and funding found to train and employ a crossing patrol person.

Executive head teacher at Iwade School, Katrina Ware, pictured, said, "I am delighted that we can at last have a crossing patrol at the school. It is what parents have been asking for and I am grateful to Mike Whiting for making it happen for us. This really would not have happened without him driving it forward.

"We have recruited a patrol person, and are ready to go as soon as they can be trained and fully licensed. This will really help the situation in School Lane each morning and afternoon, which gets very busy with parents dropping their children off before school and picking them up at the end of the school day."

Mike Whiting, Kent County Councillor representing Iwade said, " I have been lobbied by residents, the school and the Parish Council to try to get something provided. I think this will make a great difference to the safety of those crossing the road at the busiest times of the day in School Lane, and expect that we can complete the formal recruitment and training quickly so that the lollipop will be a regular and welcome sight on school days."

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