Probe after asbestos falls on nursery

BONNYBROOM NURSERY, PETERSHILL DRIVE,'PHOTO EMMA MITCHELL, 10/6/11
BONNYBROOM NURSERY, PETERSHILL DRIVE,'PHOTO EMMA MITCHELL, 10/6/11

INVESTIGATIONS are underway after debris fell from condemned flats into the grounds of a children’s nursery.

Asbestos and a window fell from the Red Road flats into the grounds of Bonnybroom Nursery in Petershill Drive.

The Herald understands no children were injured during the incident.

A spokeswoman for Glasgow City Council said: “We have reported these incidents to the Health and Safety Executive.

“We must have assurances from them that they will take any necessary action as the safety of our children and staff is paramount.

“Until we are confident that these steps have been taken, nobody will have access to this area.”

The incident involving the asbestos happened on Tuesday, June 7. Workers are dismantling the Red Road flats in an on-going project.

The Herald understands an asbestos sheet fell from 120ft above the nursery grounds.

In a separate incident a window plummeted from the ninth floor and crossed into the nursery grounds.

The Herald understands Bonnybroom Nursery has now banned children from playing at the side of the grounds near the high-rise flats.

Alex McGuire, executive director of development and regeneration at Glasgow Housing Association, said: “We were extremely disappointed and concerned to hear about these two incidents.

“We have been given reassurances from the contractor that extra safety measures have been put in place immediately to ensure this does not happen again while the work at Red Road is completed.

“We also met with the nursery staff and are doing everything we can to help staff, children and parents.

A spokesperson for the Health and Safety Executive said it was aware of the incidents and was investigating.