COMMUNITY leaders have been angered by a school’s decision to demolish a commemorative structure celebrating their town’s heritage.
Governors at Drury Primary School in Buckley opted to remove the structure celebrating the town’s numerous former brickworks without consulting the public after receiving complaints from parents.
The complaints arose after a child fell from the structure which stood at roughly 18 inches high.
But councillors have criticised the decision to knock it down saying governors at the school have “overstepped the mark”.
“The commemorative brickwork had been put there to celebrate a very proud part of Buckley’s heritage but it was knocked dow without our knowledge,” said Cllr Ron Hampson.
“People are very upset about it and governors have overstepped the mark by having it demolished.
“The school governing body has left a real mess. All we have now is a skip full of bricks."
The structure, positioned at the entrance to the school since the millennium, comprised of a system of low interconnecting walls which created pathways over an area roughly 9x5 metres.
The bricks used in its construction were inscribed with motifs and the names of the numerous brickworks that formed part of the town's industrial past.
Buckley laid claim to a number of brickworks over a period of around 250 years before beginning to diminish in the mid-1960s.
Davidson’s, Castle Fire, Catherall’s, and Drury all became names synonymous with bricks from the town during the era, providing employment for hundreds of townspeople, before Hanson’s became the last to close about 10 years ago.
Another Buckley councillor, Mike Peers said: “If there was issues with children climbing onto the structure, I’d have thought the headteacher could have simply used their authority to tell them not to do so.
“I know the community is very upset by the school.
“Funding was provided for it and it is sad to learn it has been demolished without any consultation.”
Chairman of governors at Drury Primary School, Ken Iball, defended the decision and said: “Children have fallen off the walls and governors decided to take them away as a matter of safety.
“Governors don’t consult the community on all matters although all our meetings are public. Safety has to come first.
“There have been no injuries that I am familiar with but complaints came in from parents and governors acted upon them."
One Drury Lane resident, who asked not to be named, said: “People are upset.
“Children often walk on walls but this one has been condemned when it celebrated work done of our fathers and grandfathers.”