Laura Sharman 09 April 2018

Council demands answers over school repairs

The body responsible for building and maintaining 17 schools in Edinburgh has been criticised by the council for failing to carry out repair work.

In 2016, 17 schools across Edinburgh were closed down after the Edinburgh Schools Partnership (ESP) was unable to guarantee they were safe to use.

Inspections carried out by the City of Edinburgh Council have now discovered further work is needed to improve the safety of Oxgangs Primary School due to faults with the roof and suspended ceilings.

Council chief executive Andrew Kerr said: ‘We are extremely concerned at these latest construction defects at Oxgangs Primary School following the wall collapse two years ago and the Edinburgh Schools Partnership have to be held accountable.

‘It was our own proactive inspections that identified these latest issues and we will be seeking answers from ESP as they have once again let down the parents and the council over the condition of the school.’

The council has commissioned checks on similar suspended ceiling and roofs on the other 16 schools under the PPP1 project.

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