15/03/2023 - Permalink

More than 50 schools receive free salt spreader for treating icy pavements

Related topics: Children's services / Highways, transport and environmental maintenance

More than 50 Shropshire schools have taken up Shropshire Council’s offer of a free pedestrian salt spreader and salt, to treat icy pavements near their school during spells of wintry weather.

The first to take up the offer was Castlefields Primary in Bridgnorth, who have been using their spreader (named Spready Mercury) since last year.

Spready Mercury, the Castlefields Primary salt spreader – with Hugo who picked the winning name

Spready Mercury, the Castlefields Primary salt spreader – with Hugo who picked its name

Since the start of 2023 a further 50 schools have requested a spreader and salt. Spreaders have now been delivered to each school, with one tonne of salt also being delivered.

One of these schools is Sheriffhales Primary School. Hayley Hedge from the school said:

 “I took delivery of the salt spreader and have to say that the two guys who came were really friendly and gave me all the information on how to use the salt spreader and about delivery, use and storage of the salt. 

“Please can you pass on our thanks to the two guys who came to our school this morning and thank you to everyone involved in organising the salt spreader for us.” 

And Juliet Morgan from Onny C of E Primary School, Craven Arms, said:

“I used the grit spreader this morning – it’s really cool! Thank you very much!”

Kirstie Hurst-Knight, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for children and education, said:

“Working with schools is a great way to ensure that the approaches to each school is treated during spells of icy weather, and to help children stay safe on their way to and from school.

“We’re delighted that so many schools have now taken up the offer of a free spreader and salt.”

Any schools who would like to request a spreader or find out more can email Highwaysconsultation@shropshire.gov.uk.

Further information

The schools who have received a gritter are:

  1. Castlefields Primary, Bridgnorth
  2. St Giles CE Primary, Shrewsbury
  3. Market Drayton Junior School
  4. Onny CE Primary, Craven Arms
  5. Sheriffhales Primary
  6. St George’s Junior, Shrewsbury
  7. Woodfield Infant School, Shrewsbury
  8. St Leonard’s CE Primary, Bridgnorth
  9. West Felton CE Primary School
  10. Lacon Childe School, Cleobury Mortimer
  11. Cleobury Mortimer Primary
  12. Baschurch CE Primary
  13. St Thomas and St Anne’s Primary, Hanwood, Shrewsbury
  14. Bishop’s Hooper CE Primary, Ludlow
  15. Bitterley CE Primary, Ludlow
  16. Corvedale CE Primary, Diddlebury
  17. Clunbury CE Primary
  18. The Grange Primary, Shrewsbury
  19. The Keystone Academy, Shrewsbury
  20. Laurence CE Primary, Ludlow
  21. Church Preen Primary
  22. St Marys CE Primary and Nursery School, Shawbury
  23. Myddle Primary
  24. The Wilfred Owen School, Shrewsbury
  25. Shrewsbury Academy
  26. The Gables Learning Centre, Albrighton
  27. Clee Hill Community Academy
  28. Greenacres Primary, Shrewsbury
  29. Stokesay Primary, Craven Arms
  30. Market Drayton Infant and Nursery School
  31. The Meadows primary, Oswestry
  32. St George’s CE Academy, Craven Arms
  33. Highley Community Primary
  34. Brown Clee Primary, Ditton Priors
  35. Long Mountain CE Primary, Worthen
  36. Criftins CE Primary, Ellesmere
  37. Cockshutt CE Primary, Ellesmere
  38. Newtown CE Primary, Wem
  39. Welshampton Primary, Nr Ellesmere
  40. Bicton CE Primary and Nursery School
  41. Wistanstow CE Primary, Craven Arms
  42. Trinity CE Primary, Ford, Shrewsbury
  43.  Stottesdon CE Primary, Cleobury Mortimer
  44. Alveley Primary
  45. Morda CE Primary, Oswestry
  46. St Edwards CE Primary, Dorrington
  47. Oxen CE Primary, Shrewsbury
  48. Gobowen Primary
  49. Christ Church CE Primary, Cressage
  50. The Thomas Adams School, Wen
  51. Barrow 1618 CE Free School, Broseley*

*Spreader due to be delivered on 15 March.