PARENTS DESERVE ANSWERS
School fiasco raised at Scottish Parliament
The North West Community Campus crisis was raised in the Scottish Parliament on Wednesday.
And MSP Finlay Carson reiterated his call for a public inquiry into the £28 million superschool fiasco.
After the Holyrood debate, he said: “Everyone associated with the campus is rightfully concerned. It is an absolutely unacceptable situation and the council must be fully open with their findings.
“That’s why I challenged the SNP Government to back my calls for a public inquiry. Parents and staff must get the answers they deserve.
“This situation is not going to go away until the safety of everyone at the campus can be completely guaranteed and unfortunately we have no idea when that will be.
“The number of incidents in recent
weeks have alarmed everyone, so I hope the SNP government will continue to monitor closely how the council and the contractors are ensuring the school is entirely safe for use.”
The school was closed indefinitely on Friday for safety checks after a four-year-old nursery pupil was injured when a white board fell from
a wall and hit him on the head. The youngster was taken to Dumfries Infirmary for treatment and later released.
His mum, Elaine Hastie, 26, said her son was “very lucky” not to have suffered more than he did.
The incident prompted an angry reaction from parents worried for the safety of their children.
And on Tuesday the council announced that it would move campus pupils to other schools while the safety checks are carried out. A member of staff has also been hurt at the school. The authority stated that the new school would remain closed until “every bolt, screw and fitting has been checked, double checked and is certified safe.”
Senior council officials met with the building’s contractors Graham Construction for crisis talks
A council spokesperson said: “Both parties expressed disappointment at the impact this is having on children and young people. A joint commitment was made to address all issues, working alongside staff representatives, in an open and transparent way.
“Independent checks are continuing this week, in every part of the building, and an agreed programme is expected next week to address all identified works, ensuring that the campus can fully open.”
At Holyrood, south of Scotland MSP Colin Smyth raised concerns that the contractors and developers Hub South West were not being properly held to account.
Mr Smyth said: “Once again we have a situation where a private contractor has received millions of pounds of taxpayers money but has completely failed to deliver a building fit for purpose.”
Alarmed MSP Finlay Carson