School de­fends its plans to build ‘prison-style’ fence

Macclesfield Express - - THE LAUGHING BADGER -

A PRI­MARY school has hit back at crit­i­cism over its plans to build a new fence around its bound­ary.

St Paul’s Catholic Pri­mary School has sub­mit­ted pro­pos­als for a 2.1m tall weldmesh fence and to cre­ate of a new en­trance on Mar­ley Road.

But the scheme has been met with crit­i­cism from Poyn­ton Town Coun­cil which said the height of the fence is ‘un­neigh­bourly’.

Res­i­dents, in­clud­ing Colin Miller and Ron­ald Phelps, of Tapley Av­enue, said the fence was like some­thing you would see around a prison.

But head­teacher Nora Arm­strong-Boyle has de­fended the fenc­ing, claim­ing it was to pro­tect pupils and staff from tres­passers and van­dals.

She said: “We are sur­prised that the pro­posed fenc­ing, which is be­ing erected for rea­sons of se­cu­rity and pupil safety, has been crit­i­cised. In re­cent years the school has ex­pe­ri­enced dog foul­ing, tres­pass, van­dal­ism and lit­ter­ing and it is in the in­ter­ests of the safety of our pupils that mea­sures are taken to pro­tect the chil­dren and the school grounds and prop­erty from th­ese ac­tions.”

Mrs Arm­strong-Boyle said the fenc­ing was cho­sen to fit in with the res­i­den­tial area and is sim­i­lar to other schools in the bor­ough.

She added: “It will en­able our pupils to en­joy and ben­e­fit from rich learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ences out­side the class­room, to en­sure that their trees, play equip­ment and out­side learn­ing area are pro­tected from van­dal­ism. Hope­fully our neigh­bours and par­ents will share our view that it is dis­ap­point­ing when a school has to take such mea­sures, but recog­nise that this is for the ben­e­fit of the school com­mu­nity.”

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