Sprinklers in schools
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”.