Schools to be checked in wake of cap­i­tal scan­dal

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

South La­nark­shire Coun­cil will carry out nec­es­sary safety checks in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang schools.

They con­firmed the move fol­low­ing the news that de­fects had been found in sev­eral Ed­in­burgh schools built us­ing PFI.

The coun­cil’s flag­ship schools mod­erni­sa­tion pro­gramme, which has seen ev­ery school in the re­gion be­ing re­built or re­vamped, was de­liv­ered us­ing pub­lic pri­vate part­ner­ships.

How­ever, none used the con­trac­tors in­volved in Ed­in­burgh.

South Lana rk s h i re Coun­cil’s ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of ed­u­ca­tion, Jim Gil­hooly said: “South La­nark­shire pupils are still on hol­i­day and are not due to re­turn un­til next week. We have al­ready un­der­taken some checks and have no safety is­sues at this time.

“H ow ev e r, lo­cal au­thor­i­ties are await­ing de­tailed in­for­ma­tion from the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment in re­la­tion to the re­cent fur­ther struc­tural con­cerns raised by Ed­in­burgh City Coun­cil, and will un­der­take nec­es­sary safety checks as a mat­ter of pri­or­ity.”

Co u n c i l l o r Sheena Ward­haugh, the SNP group’s spokesper­son on ed­u­ca­tion, said: “We have had a dis­cus­sion with chief ex­ec­u­tive Lind­say Free­land and Jim Gil­hooly, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of ed­u­ca­tion re­sources and I am sat­is­fied South La­nark­shire Coun­cil are be­ing ex­tremely proac­tive in this mat­ter.”

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