TOP councillors have approved a controversial school crossing patrol - but warned that finding someone to do the job could be difficult.
Kirklees Council's Conservative cabinet yesterday gave the green light for a lollipop person for Luck Lane in Marsh.
Parents with children at Reinwood Junior and Royds Hall High schools had petitioned the council for a crossing along the narrow road.
They requested it be sited on the junction of Luck Lane and Carr Street. But the cabinet followed officer advice to place the new patrol 45 metres further down the road between numbers 54 and 55 Luck Lane.
Officers stated that sight lines at the junction with Carr Street were dangerously limited.
But Greenhead Labour representative Clr Barbara Jones said: "I am pleased that officers have found there is a need for assisted crossing but many of the road users do not approve of the choice of location.
"Parents with buggies will be forced to negotiate 45 metres of very narrow pavement to get to the crossing point."
The issue hit the headlines earlier this year when BBC's Watchdog programme hired an actor to play the role of a crossing patrol as part of a national campaign.
Greenhead councillors had earlier been told by Kirklees Highways officers that it was felt too dangerous to locate a patrol at the junction of Luck Lane and Carr Street.
Speaking in favour of the crossing patrol yesterday (Wednesday), transport cabinet member Clr Martyn Bolt said it might not be the end of the matter.
He said: "This decision is not a magic wand. Many crossing patrol vacancies in Kirklees have not been filled.
"There are some roads in my ward of Mirfield which still haven't got a crossing patrol ten years after a decision was made to provide one.
"If someone in the Luck Lane area wants to come forward to work as lollipop person that would be great."
Kirklees has never operated a crossing patrol on the road, but West Yorkshire Police did so for around 18 months in the 1980s.