PROPOSALS to erect a new 2.4 metre tall security fence at a primary school to prevent vandalism have been given the green light by planning bosses.

In November last year Hippings CE Methodist Primary School in Oswaldtwistle submitted plans to replace their existing 1.2metre tall railing with mesh type security fencing double the height.

A design and access statement submitted by planning agent Eric Wright FM said the work is 'urgently required' after incidents of vandalism at the Heron Way school.

Plans have been approved granted with conditions for the site by the Hyndburn Council Planning committee.

The applicant said the current fence is 'easily scaled by the youths' which is why the applicant has been submitted.

The planning statement said: "The security fencing is urgently required in order to reduce the amount of vandalism and trespassing on the site.

"There have been many instances of vandalism and thefts together with beer can/bottles and drug paraphernalia being found on site in the morning.

"The school feel especially vulnerable due to their location."

The style of fencing specified is a mesh fencing system which is marketed as providing excellent security benefits and a good aesthetical appearance.