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Parents warn Sussex Council to grit roads or risk serious injury to children

Parents and head teachers from Sussex have told the county council that they need grit the roads outside their schools or risk serious injury to the children.

It is believed that a number of roads around five primary schools in Crowborough, Uckfield and Wadhurst have been left off both the primary and secondary gritting routes drawn out by the council.

This is despite the fact the council say that schools are a priority and that 32 others are already on the routes.

A parent from one of the school left off the routes said, “It’s incredibly dangerous for the kids and parents and it’s a real problem for us every year.

“We dread it.”

Another parent also added, “All of the roads leading to schools should be gritted. They say the schools should stay open but at the end of the day it is about the safety of the staff, parents and teachers, so it should be done.”

A head teacher from one of the schools effected by the lack of gritting explained that it is a severe health and safety issue in winter times and on many occasions, parents have struggled to get their children to school.

The council have since defended their policy and said they do not have the resources to hand.

In a statement they said, “We have a list of primary roads we do grit, which gives priority to the busiest roads to avoid the most serious accidents.

“This includes the major A, B and about three-quarters of C roads, which is 42 per cent of the total road network.

“Once the busiest roads are clear we give priority to roads leading to hospitals, fire, ambulance and police stations; bus and railway stations and schools.”

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