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‘Put our children’s safety first’ parents tell council

NADV 1402031AM1 Kettlesing and Felliscliffe gritting demo.Mum Sarah Fisherwith her daughter Grace(4) with other mums and children make their feelings known about the lack of gritting outside Kettlesing Felliscliffe Community Primary School. (1402031AM1)

NADV 1402031AM1 Kettlesing and Felliscliffe gritting demo.Mum Sarah Fisherwith her daughter Grace(4) with other mums and children make their feelings known about the lack of gritting outside Kettlesing Felliscliffe Community Primary School. (1402031AM1)

Parents of pupils at Kettlesing Felliscliffe Primary School are calling on the council to think about their children’s safety and grit an icy road.

Frustrated parents are pleading with the council to send gritters just a few hundred yards off their current route to include the road outside their children’s school.

“It’s like an ice rink, all the water runs off the fields on to that patch of the road and then it freezes,” said Sarah Fisher, secretary of the friends of Kettlesing Felliscliffe Primary School.

“It’s so frustrating, we can see the gritters going past at the top of the road but not coming a few hundred yards down past the school,” Sarah added.

Last winter the school paid £40 every other day for a private contractor to grit the road, but it does not have the funds to carry on paying out this year.

Headteacher Lisa Jackson-Ward has resorted to throwing grit on the road herself before the school day starts.

She said: “I probably shouldn’t be doing it, but what am I supposed to do, just leave it?

“It’s been an issue for a few years now and the friends of the school have worked very hard to try and resolve it.”

Last year a petition with 384 signatures was submitted to North Yorkshire County Council, calling on them to grit the road outside the school.

Despite this, the council decided at its winter review not to extend the gritting route.

Sarah Fisher said: “I don’t even know why they had the review, they weren’t going to change their minds.

“All we are asking for is common sense, it’s not much further for the trucks to go and it could keep our children safe.”

Mrs Jackson-Ward added: “There have been a few near misses there when the cars just skid and a few years ago a car slid into our wall.”

A spokesman for North Yorkshire County Council said: “The council is responsible for keeping 9,000km of roads - from major routes to narrow country lanes - moving during periods of extreme weather.

“The county council’s priority during periods of snow and ice is to keep main traffic routes as clear as possible followed by other important routes.

“Most scheduled buses and 75 per cent of school buses run on treated roads, however we are unable to do all roads due to the time and the cost involved.

“Schools can be provided with salt bins which are replenished so that footpaths and roads can be treated.”

 

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