MP raises grit­ting con­cerns

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THE safety of pupils and par­ents who walk to school in win­ter has to be given greater pri­or­ity by coun­cil grit­ters in icy con­di­tions, ac­cord­ing to North East Fife SNP MP Stephen Gethins.

He was dis­ap­pointed to hear many fam­i­lies with chil­dren at Castle­hill Pri­mary in Cu­par were in­con­ve­nienced just be­fore Christ­mas by a rel­a­tively late mes­sage urg­ing peo­ple to de­lay trav­el­ling to school so routes could be ur­gently treated.

Derek Crowe, Fife Coun­cil’s se­nior man­ager for roads and trans­porta­tion, said: “Key des­ig­nated routes to schools are part of the pri­or­ity one route foot­way net­work.

“This means they are pri­ori­tised for treat­ment of snow re­moval over other foot­way routes.

“Foot­way treat­ment teams were called out be­fore 8am on the Mon­day in ques­tion to start treat­ing pri­or­ity one foot­ways, in­clud­ing the key routes to school.”

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