Tarmac provides local school with pedestrian barriers to support social distancing

October 26, 2020

Tarmac has provided South Wilford Primary School in Nottingham, with 40 metres of plastic pedestrian barriers to help students with social distancing in the playground.

The fencing will help create segregated areas for pupils in outdoor spaces to keep them safe while in small groups and help with the logistics of working in smaller outdoor spaces, when they are unable to use the grass at break times due to the change in weather.

Ed Thompson, general manager for Tarmac’s Highway Services business, worked with Tarmac Traffic Management colleagues on the delivery and installation. He said: “Supporting our local communities is a really important part of the way we operate and I’m really pleased we’ve been able to help South Wilford by providing these barriers.

“Safety and health are our top priorities as a business and it’s great to see pupils also enjoying their outside space safely.”

Natalie Aldridge, acting head teacher at South Wilford Primary School, said: “The children’s safety is our primary concern, and we are doing everything in our power to keep the children in school and learning.

“The logistics involved with keeping 400 children separated in their year group bubbles at break times has been a particular challenge so we are extremely grateful to Tarmac for providing us with this fencing, which will allow us to create clearer defined areas in our outdoor areas. It also allows the children to play safely in their groups now that the weather means we have less space to use.”

The work Tarmac undertakes in Nottinghamshire includes maintaining the county’s highways assets, with the business delivering a range of highways maintenance services including road resurfacing, specialist surface treatments, gully cleansing, vehicle restraint systems and road marking.

The company strives to support local communities in a variety of ways. Donation opportunities, funding through the Landfill Communities Fund, event sponsorship are all examples of support Tarmac offers under its community engagement policy.