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Morgan Sindall puts safety first on Bonfire Night

The site team is currently working on the £12 million transformation of the 825 pupil secondary school on Noctorum Avenue and offered to help out with the celebrations planned for 5 November.

Morgan Sindall’s community engagement manager, Gill Roberts, explained the safety measures that have been put into place: “The night is expected to attract 2,000 people from the school and local area, and there had been concerns around access to the site and crowd safety, which is why we offered to help out.

“The existing access route may have proved unsafe underfoot, so we have laid down a secure platform, which also facilitates disabled access.

“Proximity to fireworks is also always a concern at displays, so we have installed more than 200 metres of fencing to keep the crowd at a suitable distance, and also to guard against stray fireworks.”

Steve Pratley, Arson Team Lead for Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service, said: “Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service would like everyone to enjoy the Bonfire Night period as safely as possible.

“Organised events are the best way to watch and enjoy fireworks as they provide controlled displays delivered by people familiar with fireworks in places that are suitable. We would encourage people to take advantage of organised events rather than arrange their own at home.”

Originally built in the 1970s and extended in the 1990s, Ridgeway is one of 12 schools being rebuilt by Morgan Sindall under the Education Funding Agency’s (EFA) Priority School Building Programme (PSBP), which aims to provide purpose-built school buildings to those in most need of urgent repair.

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