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Neighbour of Surrey school wants playground fenced off during construction

Last Updated Jul 25, 2019 at 9:12 pm PDT

Summary

Portable classrooms are being installed at Holly Elementary in Surrey

Neighbour is worried the construction is happening too close to kids running around

School district says the contractor doing this work has a strong safety record, no need to shut down playground

SURREY (NEWS 1130) — Safety tape has gone up at a playground in Surrey close to where portable classrooms are being installed for Holly Elementary.

Sally Hawkins, who lives in the Guildford area, is worried the construction is happening too close to kids running around.

“I don’t think parents who are sending their kids or letting their kids come to a playground to play have a clue they’ve got monster trucks. No supervision! Obviously, the playground should have no access.”

She says says someone could easily get hurt.

“The point is they’ve got four of these portables to move in. There’s a lot more work to be done. The playground equipment needs to get removed.”

School district staff say the contractor doing this work has safety spotters on site at 150th Street and 107-A Avenue and the area would be closed off if there was any reason to believe anyone’s at risk of getting hurt.

Hawkins insists, until that work is complete, children shouldn’t be allowed anywhere close to heavy equipment.

“They should fence it off. I’ve seen kids out there playing while these dump trucks have gone back and forth. If you’re going to run trucks through it, you can’t allow kids to play in it. It’s an issue.”

School district staff reiterate the contractor doing this work has a strong safety record and there’s no need to shut down the playground in the middle of summer.