A council is calling for more lollipop ladies and men to help children cross roads safely on their way to school.

Brighton and Hove City Council has eleven school crossing patrol (SCP) officers but is on the lookout for more.

Tony Lazzam is the SCP Officer for Brackenbury and St Nicolas Primary Schools in Portslade.

He retired after 40 years as a black cab driver in London and was looking for a new challenge.

The Argus: Tony Lazzam was looking for a new challengeTony Lazzam was looking for a new challenge (Image: Brighton and Hove City Council)

“I'm an early riser and always have been," said Tony.

“I'm up at six and watch Countdown every morning. I leave home a couple of minutes to eight because I'm only 20 minutes away and I walk down every morning, which is great.

"It keeps you moving, it's good exercise and it keeps you healthy.”

The Argus: Simon Moss says it is a fabulous jobSimon Moss says it is a fabulous job (Image: Brighton and Hove City Council)

Simon Moss is the SCP officer at St Luke’s Primary. He said: “It is a fabulous job. You become part of the community, which is just absolutely wonderful.

“People appreciate you and I appreciate the school. And it is just a way of helping and also keeping them safe crossing what can be quite a busy road. You're doing something, you get to know all the people; so it’s a way of giving something back.”


The council is looking for more SCP officers who can work for between 30-40 minutes per day during term time in all weather.

The roles currently available are:

  • County Oak Avenue, Carden Primary School - five hours 25 mins per week (8.30am – 9am and 2.50pm - 3.25pm)
  • Lustrells Vale, Saltdean Primary School - six hours 15 minutes per week (8.30am - 9.05am and 2.50pm – 3.30pm)
  • The Green, Rottingdean for Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School – five hours per week (8.30am - 9am and 3pm - 3.30pm)
  • Church Road. Portslade, St Peter’s Primary School – seven hours per week (8.20am – 9.05am and 3pm – 3.45pm)

The role pays £11.59 per hour which is pro-rata. Full training and uniform are also provided.