Aberdeen school still waiting for new safety barrier two years after they were suggested

Councillor Michael Hutchison is disappointed that safety barriers at Sunnybank School have yet to be installed
Councillor Michael Hutchison is disappointed that safety barriers at Sunnybank School have yet to be installed

Concerns have been raised that safety barriers have still not been installed outside an Aberdeen school – despite being first called for two years ago.

George Street and Harbour councillor Michael Hutchison highlighted the need for enhanced safety measures outside Sunnybank School in December 2016.

The SNP member said it was “unacceptable” that work has still yet to take place.

However, a spokesman for Aberdeen City Council said the work would still take place before the end of the financial year.

Two years ago the primary school’s head teacher suggested a barrier would prevent cars parking and increase pupil safety.

The school had previously raised the issue with parents in its monthly newsletter.

Councillor Hutchison had anticipated that the safety railings would be installed during the summer holidays.

When they were not he contacted council officers who said the railings could be installed during the October break instead.

They have yet to be installed at the site.

Mr Hutchison said: “This has been identified as a safety issue for nearly two years now and it’s concerning that it still hasn’t been done.

“Most recently I have been told that the council are reluctant to set a date for the work being completed.

“If we all agree that a barrier is needed on safety grounds then it’s unacceptable that it’s taken so long.”

An Aberdeen City Council spokesman said: “The work was programmed for 2018-19 and in line with that, is due to be carried out in the coming weeks.

“The plans have been finalised, the site has been marked ready for installation of the barriers.”


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