Foxes – “children’s safety would always come first.”

Following the recent issues I informed you about in 2nd September about residents problems with a family of foxes. Here is an up date on that story.

Woodend Primary School has written to local residents and parents regarding the issue of a family of foxes living on their school site. The School informed residents and parents of the awareness they had regarding some concerns that had surfaced locally.

The School informed that they were working behind the scenes with a variety of agencies to address the foxes issues. These included Environmental Health, RSPCA, Health & Safety and the Local Police.

The Acting Head Teacher reiterated that the children’s safety would always come first.

In my view the School is doing all it can to ensure that the children within the school always remain safe. The school is waiting for the fox family to disperse as they do after the cubs have grown.The school ask that residents do not feed the foxes, as this adds to the reason for them to stay in this location.

Foxes are not vermin, they are classed as Wild Animals, the Local Authority has no legal duty to act against them.

I have had a meeting with the School, I recognise that they are working hard to protect the children, cleaning the school site regularly, and seeking the most appropriate advice to deal with the wild life they have on the site.

I applaud the School team for communicating the actions they are taking with such a wide body of the community. I support the Head and the Governors in the way that they are approaching the problem. Its not an easy issue to deal with. But the School leadership are taking that matter very seriously and really are doing all they can to ameliorate the problem as it affects the school. I will keep you up dated with events moving forward.

Phil Bateman

Phil Bateman is Married to Mary and lives in Wednesfield North. He was a long serving local politician having served previously on the now defunct West Midlands County Council... read more