PARENTS have voiced concerns at the length of time their school has been without a lollipop lady.

Many children attending Overleigh St Mary's in Handbridge have to cross Overleigh Road alone to get to school. During rush hour this can be highly dang erous.

The road has not been manned since the previous lollipop lady Monica Con-cannon retired at the end of last year.

This has left many parents having to make other arrangements to get their children to school because they cannot cross the road by themselves.

Local resident and parent Mark Wild said: 'I have problems crossing that road during rush hour.

'People come off the Overleigh roundabout at some speed and can be upon you before you spot them.

'Before, it was safe to let your children walk to school on their own but until there is a lollipop lady back there it is too dangerous.'

A spokeswoman for Cheshire County Council said: 'We have recruited for the role and are just waiting for the Criminal Records Bureau check to come through.

'We have also been doing a feasibility study to see whether a pelican crossing would be better suited.

'The lollipop lady would still be in place to help people make the transition and then moved to another school. It must be stressed it is still in the very early stages.'

Mr Wild commented: 'I think it is madness to even consider putting in a pelican crossing. The traffic will build up back to the roundabout and back into Chester.

'You can't mess around with children's safety, it can cost lives. I have contacted local councillors to get them to help make the road crossing safer but so far have received little help.

'All the government does is to urge us to be more economically viable and help combat obesity and encourage the kids to walk to school. But at the moment it just is not safe enough to do this.'