As a parent of a pupil at Alameda Middle School I strongly object to the removal of the crossing patrol by the local authority in the centre of Ampthill. This will seriously endanger the safety of my child as they attempt to cross the main road of a busy market town. The roads are narrow and cars are parked along both sides of the road limiting visibility for pedestrians and drivers. The children's school start time means they are walking to school at peak rush hour times. The traffic includes buses, heavy lorries and construction vehicles. It would be only a matter of time before a serious accident occurred. I encourage my child to walk to school, in line with the government agenda to encourage a more active lifestyle and to further ensure the safety of all pupils by reducing the number of cars on the road. I feel that this decision puts my child at risk and I would be forced to drive my child to school in order to ensure their safety.