School bid for added se­cu­rity re­fused

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Special Report -

A bid to in­stall a two me­tre high se­cu­rity fence and pair of gates out­side a Peter­bor­ough spe­cial school has been re­fused.

The ap­pli­ca­tion for Helt­wate School, in Helt­wate, Bret­ton, had been rec­om­mended for ap­proval by plan­ning of­fi­cers from Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil.

Mem­bers of the Plan­ning and En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Com­mit­tee voted unan­i­mously against the pro­posal when it came be­fore them on Tues­day.

The ap­pli­ca­tion aimed to help im­prove safety for the school and its pupils.

Coun­cil­lors heard the se­cu­rity fence would be by the road­side, op­po­site homes and en­close a sec­tion of open space - owned by the school, but none­the­less used by mem­bers of the com­mu­nity.

Cllr Gra­ham Casey said: “I would feel really un­com­fort­able about fenc­ing it off.”

Headded:“I haven’t been con­vinced the school needs to have a two me­tre high fence in front of peo­ple’s kitchens.”

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