Bid to save lollipop patrols defeated at Suffolk County Council budget meeting

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A BID to save school crossing patrols was defeated this afternnon as Suffolk County Council debated some of the massive savings needed in its new strategic direction.

The council has to shave £42.5million from spending this coming year with further millions to be saved in the next four years.

The council is planning to freeze council tax this year for a Band D property at £1,126.53.

Sandy Martin, leader of the Labour Group, attempted to stop savings of £174,000 going through in a bid to maintain the county’s school crossing patrols but this ammendment was defeated 40 votes to 26.

The council has to make savings of £125million over the next four years after Government grants were slashed back. The measures will mean the loss of 1,472 jobs by April 2012, saving around £17million.

Many of the council’s services are being outsourced and old people’s homes will close while youth provision and some school transport are facing cutbacks and some household waste sites will close.