Asbestos discovery at Scottish primary school won’t delay new term
Langlee Primary School in Galashiels, in the Borders region of Scotland, is set to commence its 2016/17 term this month in a new building, despite asbestos having been found in the institution’s old buildings, delaying their demolition.
Contractors responsible for levelling the old school are reported by local newspaper, the Southern Reporter, to have found more of the lethal substance than they had anticipated. However, Scottish Borders Council has said that pupils will still start their term in the new building on Wednesday 16th August, as originally planned.
This start date – also applicable to the other primary school in the region in Duns – is one day after the rest of the Borders, to give teachers time to prepare their new classrooms for the coming academic year.
“No impact on the new school”
While there were plans for the site of the former Langlee Primary School building to be landscaped before the new one was opened, this was already so tightly scheduled that pupils had been given an additional day off at the beginning of the summer holiday to allow for the completion of the work.
It means that with the news of the recent asbestos discovery, parents have voiced concerns as to whether the start date for the new term will be moved back.
Speculation that another week would be needed to ensure the safety of the site was dismissed by a spokesperson for the authority, who commented: “Some additional asbestos has been discovered in the former Langlee Primary School following intrusive works, which means the demolition of the old building will take slightly longer than originally scheduled.
“However, there will be no impact on the new school, with the deconstruction of the old school taking place in a safe and controlled manner and managed appropriately.”
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