Safety Concerns – Coppice High School to Act!

In recent weeks Councillors have received concerns from constituents because some branches and twigs on bushes and shrubs, have been growing through a fence and creating a health and safety problem on the footpath in Reynolds Walk.

The branches and twigs grow at head height and constituents have been concerned that they reach out and scratch pedestrians faces especially in the dark when they are even less noticeable.

I had been in touch with both Wolverhampton Homes and the City Councils highways department asking them whose responsibility it was to maintain the shrubs safely.

Both those organisations informed me that the bushes and trees were the responsibility of Coppice High School.

So I wrote to the High School and have received the following response from Janice Fletcher Head Teacher – She wrote “I have been informed that the council have cleared the area referred to in your email. We will however, ensure that our grounds contractors are re directed to check and maintain this area.”

I am of course, very pleased that between the organisations, the job was done before any further accidents happened, that was the main thing.

I am pleased that the Head Teacher will instruct their grounds maintenance contractors to ensure that sort of growth will be managed going forward. Pedestrian safety of all those using that footpath in Reynolds Walk should be improved by these actions.

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