Parent’s concern over pupil safety due to scaffolding on busy school route in Bury St Edmunds

The scaffolding, in Westgate Street, Bury St Edmunds, which has prompted concerns from parents over pupil safety

The scaffolding, in Westgate Street, Bury St Edmunds, which has prompted concerns from parents over pupil safety

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A parent has hit out at obstructive scaffolding along a school route which is forcing parents and pupils to walk in a busy road.

Graham Sparkes says the scaffolding is blocking the pavement in Westgate Street and prevents children from using the adjacent the pedestrian crossing as they walk to Guildhall Feoffment Primary, in Bridewell Lane.

The structure was set up by brewery Greene King to hold up a wall after it was hit by a vehicle.

Mr Sparkes, who is a mid-day supervisor at the school which his nine-year-old son attends, said: “They haven’t made provision for pedestrians. They should have made a walk way.

“It’s very dangerous. If you cross you’ve then got to walk in the road or cross further up and not use the crossing.

“Other parents think the same.”

Tony Macken, director of brewing and distribution at Greene King, said: ““The scaffolding has been erected to hold up a wall and stop it from falling onto the path after it was hit by an independent vehicle.

“This measure was taken to protect pedestrians. This wall forms part of a listed building and as a result we are working closely with the local council to expedite a repair as quickly as possible.”