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Edinburgh schools survey timeframe criticised

NCE stock health and safety

The chief executive of The City of Edinburgh Council has hit out at the body responsible for operating its schools over the lack of structural survey results.

Indications of structural problems have been found at all of the 17 schools in the city currently closed. Safety concerns were originally raised in March after a wall collapsed in high winds at Oxgangs Primary School. The Council said engineers working on remedial works at the school had found an absence of “header ties”, the sliding links that connect the inner block wall to the structural steel frame.

Council chief executive Andrew Kerr has said he is disappointed by the lack of survey results from the Edinburgh Schools Partnership.

He said: “We have been in constant dialogue with the Edinburgh Schools Partnership, and they are aware of our concerns. It is important that we have clear information regarding the condition of these schools, and when they will be safe to reopen.

“I know that parents, teachers and pupils will share my frustration at this delay. The safety of our children is our number one priority and we all want our schools to reopen safely, as soon as possible.

“We are doing everything we can so ESP can provide the Council with the information which will allow us to make a decision regarding the next steps.”

A spokesperson for Edinburgh Schools Partnership said: “We are in daily contact with the Council and our teams are working exceptionally hard to complete the agreed programme of inspections and assessments. While we are focused on getting this programme completed as quickly as possible, we also must ensure that our investigations across all 17 schools are thorough and robust for the safety of the pupils and staff. There has been significant progress with the structural surveys and we expect that most or all will have been provided to the Council by the end of the week.”

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  • I completed the NCE survey and agreed to be contacted if necessary

    The person responsible need to visit the Edinburgh Schools while the work is ongoing and know what is happening. In 1967 the Engineer and Manager of Dundee Corporation Waterworks with BSC Hons MICE visited sites on a fortnightly basis and new the standard of workmanship. Property trained staff would do a very good job but they must be properly trained

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