Saturday, 9 April 2016

Seventeen schools to be closed in Edinburgh

"Seventeen schools in Edinburgh are to be closed indefinitely from Monday amid safety concerns about their construction."

"The schools were all built as part of the city's private finance programme around a decade ago."

"The problems were first uncovered in January when a wall at Oxgangs Primary collapsed during high winds."

"Three other schools were later closed after inspections revealed problems with the way walls had been built."

"The schools were all expected to re-open after the Easter break."

"But City of Edinburgh Council said a fresh concerns had been raised during remedial work at Oxgangs Primary on Friday."

"It said Edinburgh Schools Partnership (ESP), which constructed the buildings and manages them on behalf of the council, was unable to give assurances that buildings built under the Public Private Partnership 1 (PPP1) were safe."

"These include 17 schools - 10 primaries, five secondaries and two additional support needs schools - and the Goodtrees Neighbourhood Centre..."

"Inspections have been taking place in Glasgow, Fife and Inverclyde  of other schools built by Miller Construction."

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