Flooding is putting pupils at risk - claim

PUPILS at a North Somerset primary school are being put in danger when arriving and leaving when there is heavy rainfall, according to its chief governor.

PUPILS at a North Somerset primary school are being put in danger when arriving and leaving when there is heavy rainfall, according to its chief governor.

Uphill Primary School's chairman of governors, Stewart Castle, says the downpours flood a road outside the school which means that youngsters are crossing at a more dangerous spot.

He says the governors have made 'repeated requests' to North Somerset Council to solve the problem, which in the past has led to the school's playground flooding.

Mr Castle said: "When the council put in the traffic calming measures in Old Church Road we thought it would also fix the drains outside the school to stop this happening.


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"However, this was not the case despite repeated requests and we have a situation where measures put in place to make the children safer are useless because they have to cross in a dangerous place."

A council spokesman said: "We received 100 calls about flooding last Friday and we are responding on a priority basis.

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"Some of our officers were working until 4am on Saturday morning and we are doing what we can with stretched resources.

"We did get a call from the school in October 2006 and we will get to Old Church Road as soon as we can.

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