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Witham: Headteacher calls for schools to be gritting priority
12:40pm Saturday 26th January 2013 in News
A headteacher has called for gritting schools to be a top priority.
Wendy Walker, who runs Chipping Hill Primary School in Owers Road, Witham, believes that schools should come second only to ambulance routes and fire stations when the county council is deciding where to grit.
Many parents have to drive to the school after the school moved from Church Street in January last year.
The road has remained icy following the weekend’s snow and there have been reports of cars slipping sideways.
Mrs Walker, who has written to Essex County Council about the problem, said: “They say schools are not a priority, which is very frustrating because the county council want us to be open yet they don’t help us to be open.
“I am very worried about the road.
“I agree that anything to do with ambulance or fire stations must be an absolute priority but why aren’t schools the next priority?”
She added that it would take just a few seconds to divert the gritter from the nearest main road.
Parent Ricky March, who has two children at the school, said: “It is absolutely lethal.
“A lot of the parents are really getting concerned.”
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