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Emily starts role as new crossing patrol

Fears for the safety of schoolchildren crossing Wansford Road at the junction of Manorfield Road have been allayed after a new school crossing patrol has been appointed.

Emily Lloyd took up her position at the busy junction last week and has received a warm welcome from children and their parents.

She told the Wolds Weekly: “It’s going really well, and I have had a great response from everyone, who have said how happy they are to see me here.”

Emily, who is 24 and originally from South Wales but now living in the East Riding, is an artist and felt she had the time and flexibility to give to the role.

“I love working with children and what better way to get more experience than by helping to make sure children get to school safely,” she added.

ERYC – Manorfield Road Crossing Patrol

“I am finding my feet as an emerging artist under the name Emily Sian and volunteer in the new art gallery in Hornsea and last year I completed a trainee illustrating role on two children’s books, so you never know this role may inspire another book!”

Despite once having two school crossing patrols at the junction – one to help children cross Manorfield Road and the other to help cross Wansford Road – the junction has been unmanned for many months sparking safety concerns.

The appointment of Emily to the role has been welcomed as a step forward to improve the safety of schoolchildren travelling to and from Driffield Junior School and Driffield School & Sixth Form.

Driffield town councillor Simon Starrett has campaigned to fill the post for a number of years and said it was excellent news that the post had been filled.

He said: “This is a really busy junction and that is the reason why I have campaigned for a new crossing patrol because it was almost an accident waiting to happen.

“Thankfully nothing has happened, and it is fantastic news that somebody has stepped forward to take on the role and look after the safety of our children crossing at that junction.”

Colin Walker, East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s transportation services group manager, said: “Our new school crossing patrol started work with us last week. She’s doing brilliantly and is already an asset to the school crossing team.

“The reaction from the public, both adults and children, has been heart-warming to see and hear. They are delighted to have a school crossing patrol back at this location, and so are we.

“She has now completed her training and will play an important part in keeping children safe on their way to and from school.”

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