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Students at Pontville School help maintain Flintshire footpaths

FLINTSHIRE students have been helping to maintain footpaths in the county.

Staff at Pontville School, which helps students with communication difficulties, approached Flintshire County Council’s rights of way section to enquire about opportunities for their students to experience working outdoors.

The work is helping them to complete a module of their ASDAN accreditation scheme on voluntary work.

It also aims to give students at the school, based in Ormskirk, a sense of the value of helping others while improving the local environment.

Cllr Bernie Attridge, cabinet member for environment, said: “We would like to offer our thanks to the students and staff of Pontville school for approaching us with their offer of voluntary help. The students have been working hard with our rights of way officers and it is hoped that this will be the first of many sessions.”

Cllr Chris Bithell, cabinet member for education, added: “This is a great example of the local authority working in partnership with the Pontville School, and it has been mutually beneficial for the council, the public, and for the students themselves.”

Keith Metcalfe from Pontville School said: “This is the first project improving byways and we hope to be able to maintain the link as we all enjoyed the work, which made an obvious impact upon the accessibility of the footpath.”