Harlow Fields parents appeal to the council to grit dangerous road outside their special needs school

Education: Secondary / Wed 14th Dec 2022 at 01:40pm

Update: HTS has told us that they can get there for 0800 hrs on Thursday morning.

PARENTS of children who attend Harlow Fields School have appealed to the council to help get the school re-opened by gritting the roads.

Harlow Fields is on Tendring Road just opposite SFG College.

However the special needs school has a number of children who use wheelchairs and other mobility issues.

Coupled with the fact that the school is at the bottom of a steep hill, it all adds up to treacherous conditions.

They have contacted YH and we in turn have reached out to Harlow Council and HTS and await their reply.

As one parent told us” “This is a school where children rely on wheelchairs, walking frames and other equipment to get into school.

“The school has done everything it can inside the school grounds but now we need the coucnil’s help.

“School is very much a safe place for our children and many rely on a set routine.”

The parents are trying to make a valiant effort to grit the roads themselves but the temperature is predicted to stay close to zero for another four days.

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9 Comments for Harlow Fields parents appeal to the council to grit dangerous road outside their special needs school:

2022-12-14 14:22:41

I’f gritters go down Tendring road, how will they get back up the steep hill. The road Harlow fields school is located on is a dead end. I mean yes the snow is an inconvenience for everyone. But I think safety needs to be the number one priority. I have already seen cars today smashed up on the roads were they have collided into each other.

Karen Testagrossa
2022-12-14 14:55:58

The pavements are a death trap everywhere in Harlow. People walking in the road. Abercrombie road even outside the hospital nowhere is safe.

2022-12-14 17:08:08

Always good to see the person videoing this is actually driving and videoing. It sure what’s worse the road conditions or using the phone especially in these conditions. Hmm!

2022-12-14 18:34:22

The last time we experienced weather this bad I complained to Harlow Council about the dangerous pavement. It's not just about "special needs" school but all schools, pavements and roads and their reply was its nothing to do with them Essex County Council are responsible. ECC said they do ask that Harlow Council will help in the cold weather. Ha! Ha! Talk about pass the buck.

Kim Oconnor
2022-12-15 09:12:16

Special needs schools should be a priority, because of wheel chairs, and Special equipment that they need to have with them.

Moaning murtle
2022-12-15 09:26:13

The paths going to Cooks Spinney School are so dangerous, today alone I witnessed alot of kids and a few adults go over, just a matter of time before someone gets seriously hurt!

David Forman
2022-12-15 09:52:52

Harlow Council are doing everyone a favour as highways are the responsibility of Essex County council.

2022-12-15 15:37:04

ECC bloody useless.

2022-12-16 06:20:01

gritters used to be out gritting roads and pavements as soon as icey weather was predicted to make it safe, due to cut backs this doesnt happen anymore, meaning a huge strain on the nhs due to how unsafe and very dangerous it is outside on the roads and pavements, schools cant open because of it, ambulances cant get down roads, its disgusting, I would much prefer my council tax money spent on making the communities safe rather than on stupid plant pots and unsafe paths being built in the town centre.

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