Safety message clear to see

Council leader Rhondda Geekie joined Oxgang pupils to unveil a safety banner they designed for the outside of Kirkintilloch’s old gasworks.

The gasworks are currently being renovated by owners National Grid who became involved with the primary school after the company held a science and safety workshop with the school.

Afterwards the pupils were asked to create their own posters which included the safety equipment required to work on a National Grid site.

The overwhelming response was clear to see last week when the very striking designs were unveiled on the banner.

Councillor Geekie said: “The pupils have done a fantastic job in brightening up the entrance and reminding people of the safety precautions required for working on a site such as this.

“I welcome National Grid’s work to build relationships with the local community whilst they regenerate the land for future development and look forward to the next stage of work as the site is brought back into use.”

National Grid is continuing its improvement works at the former gasworks site which is due to be completed in 2016,

The project is part of the company’s ongoing efforts to redevelop its disused brownfield sites to provide opportunities for local investment.

National Grid land regeneration manager, Samantha Rendell, said: “We were incredibly impressed with the response from the pupils and their attention to detail showed that they had really understood the safety precautions required.

“We are thrilled that local residents and passers-by can enjoy the pupils’ work whilst understanding the need for safety measures on and around the site.”

National Grid is one of the largest investor-owned energy companies in the world and has been named Responsible Business of the Year 2014 by Business in the Community. It owns and manage the grids that connect people to the energy they need, from whatever the source. In Britain and the north-eastern states of the US it runs systems that deliver gas and electricity to millions of people, businesses and communities.

In Britain it distributes energy to 10.9m customers.