HC Deb 19 May 1952 vol 501 cc26-7
39. Sir T. Moore

asked the Minister of Transport whether he is aware that the only road crossing in the village of Monkton, Ayrshire, has been removed, and that, as a result, disquiet exists in the village regarding the safety of the children; and what steps he proposes to take to remedy this complaint.

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Transport (Mr. Gurney Braithwaite)

In my opinion the right solution here is not an uncontrolled pedestrian crossing, but the provision of an adult patrol to see the children safely across the road.

Sir T. Moore

But that means a police-Exchange and other private enterprises, man. Where is adult control to be found? Here is a crossing that gets the children to the only tuckshop in the village and there is a rapid growth of traffic across the road. Is my hon. Friend aware that that is the one place where accidents are bound to happen?

Mr. Braithwaite

I can only refer my hon. and gallant Friend to my previous answer on this subject.

Mr. Woodburn

Is the Minister aware that many educational authorities use old age pensioners' services for this work and are finding them quite satisfactory?

Mr. Braithwaite

That is quite correct, and this particular crossing was removed on the recommendation of the Ayr county council.

Sir T. Moore

No, that is not true; they agreed.

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