Issued: March 6, 2018
Parish council to consider grit bin request
North Weald Bassett Parish Council is to consider purchasing a grit bin for use by volunteers to try and keep St Andrew's Primary School open in wintry weather.
Last week the school, in Beamish Close, had to close for three days because of snow and ice.
North Weald Bassett Parish Council's meeting on Monday was told that 17 volunteers were willing to spread salt on School Green Lane and Beamish Close when necessary.
However councillors raised concerns over whether gritting the approach roads would ensure that the school could open.
Councillor Nigel Bedford told the meeting one of the issues which resulted in the school having to close was that teachers could not get to North Weald.
Staff also had to assess the entire school grounds, and not just the approaches, and ensure they were safe before keeping the school open.
Mr Bedford said: "We can provide the route in but the school could close because of the state of the grounds and teachers won't be able to get in."
Councillor George Mulliner asked whether the volunteers would be liable.
Parish clerk Sue De Luca said they would need to attend a short training course before undertaking salt spreading duties.