CHILDREN at a Holme Valley school are dicing with death, say parents and campaigners.
They say pupils of Upperthong Junior and Infant School are at risk because there is no crossing warden on the busy Greenfield Road outside the school.
Louise Baldock, Labour and Co-operative spokeswoman for the Holme Valley, said: "There will be an accident unless something is done.
"I know Kirklees Council cannot magically produce crossing patrols, but they also cannot allow children to get run over."
The last lollipop lady retired through ill- health three weeks ago.
The road is used as the main link between Holmfirth and Manchester.
Jayne Selway, of the Upperthong Support Group, whose five year-old daughter, Amber, goes to the school, said: "It's an extremely dangerous and very, very fast road. It's not just cars but lorries that use the road. It's an accident waiting to happen."
She added: "It can be dangerous even with a lollipop lady, so we would like the council to go even further and install a pedestrian crossing."
Kirklees officials have been giving out leaflets in the area, but have yet to recruit a permanent replacement.
Road safety manager David Warburton said : "We have written to parents and carers and advertised in local papers and JobCentres, but nobody has come forward."
"We really are at the mercy of the community."
Anyone who feels they could fill the vacancy should phone the council's crossing patrol team on 01484 221166.