Health and safety fears at school lead to field shed objections

Concerns over children’s safety has led to objections to an application to erect a wooden shelter in a field next to a school.

Retrospective permission is being sought for a timber field shelter in a field adjacent to Branton First School.

The plans are recommended for approval at tonight’s north area planning committee meeting, despite objections including from the school’s headteacher and chairman of governors, who have raised health and safety fears.

Headteacher Alison Lloyd-Harris said: “I am seriously concerned about the proximity of bedding materials and animal foodstuff to very young children (nursery) and the school kitchen. There has been an increase of vermin in the area where the shelter is at the moment and I worry that they will get into the school buildings and that their droppings will spread disease among the children.”