Sprin­klers in schools

The Wokingham Paper - - COUNCIL NEWS -

A WOK­ING­HAM PA­PER probe into the lack of sprin­klers in a new maths block has caused the coun­cil to work to­gether to tighten up a loophole in its build­ing reg­u­la­tions.

Last year, The Emm­brook School opened the build­ing but, as we pointed out, the two-storey build­ing was con­structed with­out the life­sav­ing equip­ment just months af­ter the Gren­fell tragedy had oc­curred.

The Con­ser­va­tives and the Lib­eral Democrats worked to­gether to ap­prove a new mo­tion that will en­sure that all new school builds and build­ings will have sprin­klers in­stalled.

Cllr Rachelle Shep­herd-DuBey (Lib Dems) put the mo­tion for­ward say­ing that the party thought it was al­ready a re­quire­ment. “We are do­ing this be­cause par­ents value their chil­dren,” she said.

Cllr Pauline Helliar-Sy­mons (Con­ser­va­tive) backed the move while Cllr Andy Croy (Labour) also lent his sup­port.

Cllr An­gus Ross (Con­ser­va­tive) rec­om­mended a slightly re­vised mo­tion, which ex­cludes fit­ting of sprin­klers on tem­po­rary new build­ings or ex­ten­sions on ex­ist­ing ones, This was se­conded by Lib

Dem leader Cllr Lind­say Fer­ris. Cllr Ross said: “I fully rec­om­mend this mo­tion”.

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