Seaford children warned of the dangers at construction sites

Builders from Denne Construction taught children how to stay safe on construction sites.
Builders from Denne Construction taught children how to stay safe on construction sites.
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Builders from a neighbouring construction site were teaching children at Annecy Primary School in Seaford how to stay safe during building works on Friday November 30.

Development on the former site of Cheneys care home in Sutton Avenue is due to start in January 2013.

Since the primary school, also in Sutton Avenue, is a close neighbour, the builders and site owners, Sussex Housing & Care, organised a special visit to talk to the children about the dangers of entering a building site and to inform them of the plans.

Security manager for Denne Construction, Nick Biddiss, spoke to the children in a high-vis jacket and hard hat to demonstrate clothing used to stay safe.

He said: “We want to be good neighbours and make sure we fit in with the local community.

“The key message of this morning’s assembly is to make sure the children are safe as they pass the site on their way to school and to be aware of the dangers of building sites.”

Sussex Housing and Care announced it was closing Cheneys in February 2011.

Due to the limitations of the building, it became increasingly difficult for the home to attract new residents.

Annecy Primary School head teacher Fiona McGonigle, said: “It’s important to come together for the safety of the children and this is a great opportunity to work in partnership with Sussex Housing & Care.

“We will be giving students a chance to learn about different careers on a building site and be involved in a 21st century development.”

Sussex Housing & Care, a not for profit housing association, will replace the original Cheneys care home building with a new state of the art housing development for older people due to open in late spring 2014. Cheneys was opened by Clementine Churchill in 1946.