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Gritting Around Rural Schools Needs Improved - Flanagan

Published: 23 January, 2015

Sinn Féin MLA Phil Flanagan has called for the Regional Development Minister Danny Kennedy to initiate a review of the policy surrounding the gritting of roads leading to rural primary schools.

Mr Flanagan was speaking after parents of children at St Mary's Primary School, Mullymesker, approached him to voice their concerns about the omission of a road to the school from the gritting schedule. This caused a number of serious accidents during the recent spell of snow and frost.

Mr Flanagan said: "I have been approached by a number of concerned and angry parents of children at St Mary's. They are deeply frustrated, and rightly so, at the fact that this busy route has been omitted from the gritting schedule. They are demanding that this now change.

"The last time a review of the Winter Service Operation took place was over five years ago. I believe it is time this policy was reviewed to assess its current suitability and to ensure all roads leading to rural schools such as St Mary's are included.

"A number of serious accidents took place on this road as parents were travelling to and from the school with their children. This highlights the fact this route should be included as part of the gritting schedule.

"I have written to the Regional Development Minister Danny Kennedy asking him to initiate a review and explore ways in which the treatment of this road can be included on future gritting schedules." ENDS