Reassessment of school crossing patrol site on Depot Road, Horsham

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Dear West Sussex County Council,

I would like the following information, please:

1) The timetable you will be following to reassess the site - when will the assessment take place and when will the result be known
2) A copy of the criteria you will be using to reassess the site
3) A copy of the existing site assessment
4) Details of any changes to the assessment criteria since the last site assessment was completed
5) Information about how and when you will consult users on their views of the crossing patrol.
6) The name(s) and position(s) of the person or people responsible for making the final decision

Yours faithfully,

Daisy McLachlan

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Paula Buckland,

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Dear Ms McLachlan

 

Freedom of Information Act 2000

 

I refer to your request for information in relation to the school crossing
patrol site on Depot Road, Horsham.  Your request is being processed under
the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

 

I am now in a position to respond to you as follows.

 

 

1) The timetable you will be following to reassess the site – when will
the assessment take place and when will the result be known

 

The assessment is scheduled to be done before the end of April. The
results will be communicated to school as soon as the calculations are
completed.

 

2) A copy of the criteria you will be using to reassess the site

 

The School Crossing Patrol Guidelines are designed to help local
authorities manage and run their School Crossing Patrol Service. They are
the property of Road Safety GB and are generally only for members,
although most local authorities are members and do use them. They are
available only in the member's area of the website.

 

The criteria for the establishment of a School Crossing Patrol site was
established many years ago and based on a calculation known as PV squared.

 

This is found by counting the number of pedestrians (children in the case
of SCP sites) crossing at or around a location over a specified time
period – generally the busiest 30 minutes in the morning and afternoon).
The result is multiplied by the square of the number of vehicles passing
that location during that same period. There is a weighting given to large
vehicles or buses.

 

For example if 120 children crossed the road with 240 vehicle units
passing during that time period the calculation would be 120 x 240 x 240 =
6,912,000 (simplified to 6.912)

 

Also added in to the mathematical formula, where appropriate, are figures
that represent the risk from a variety of features that may exist at a
site, such as vehicle speed, reduced visibility, proximity to junctions
etc.

 

This formula is the accepted method of calculating the criteria for all
types of road crossing.

 

The Guidelines recommend that a School Crossing Patrol site should be
established at 4 million (often simplified to 4.0). Where a site falls
below this criteria a site is not established, or can be removed if
already in existence. As things change over the years the count at sites
will vary and some that once reached the criteria may no longer do so.

 

 

All sites are subject to regular review and, should circumstances change,
may occasionally be closed. This most often happens when a zebra or
controlled crossing is installed, if the patrol leaves or there is a
significant change in the traffic or pedestrian flow.

 

Where a site falls below the criteria WSCC will not fund a patrol but will
work with the school and local community to either find alternative
sources of funding or volunteers to be trained to deliver the service.

In addition to the criteria-based assessment each location is subject to
site risk assessment to ensure that it is safe working environment for the
patrol.

 

Where a SCP is provided, parents remain responsible for ensuring their
children’s safety, just as they do when a zebra crossing or pelican
crossing is provided.

 

 

3) A copy of the existing site assessment

 

See attached PDF 

 

It was last done in 2005 and hasn’t been revisited as:

a)   we have had requests to assess new sites with potentially higher
priorities

b)   there were visits to the patrol officer to check well-being and no
issues were raised

c)   our staffing has been stretched and as an established site with no
current issues ( as above) it could be assigned a lower priority for
reassessment

 

4) Details of any changes to the assessment criteria since the last site
assessment was completed

 

The assessment criteria is long-established and has had no changes since
the last site assessment

 

5) Information about how and when you will consult users on their views of
the crossing patrol

 

School crossing patrols are not a statutory responsibility and
consultation with the school community, local councillor and cabinet
member for highways is normally only undertaken when a patrol is likely to
be removed.

 

 

6) The name(s) and position(s) of the person or people responsible for
making the final decision.

 

WSCC has adopted the national guidelines for the establishment of School
Crossing Patrols and the decision is based on a site’s assessment result.

 

Details are contained on our web pages

   

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Yours sincerely

Paula

 

 

 

Paula Buckland

Customer Service Officer

Residents’ Services – Customer Service Directorate

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