Parents demand to see report

Photo Emma Mitchell. 12.10.15'Holy Family Primary
Photo Emma Mitchell. 12.10.15'Holy Family Primary

Parents of pupils at a school closed on safety grounds in August want urgent and decisive action from the council to make the building secure.

Members of the Parents Council at Holy Family Primary School are calling for a structural survey report, commissioned by East Dunbartonshire Council, to be made available to them.

The Herald reported last week the survey on the Kirkintilloch school was complete - but parents did not know the extent of the work needed.

Pupils were decanted to the former Lairdsland Primary School after routine checks revealed a serious crack in a wall.

In a statement to the Herald after they met on Wednesday night, Parent Council members said: “We trust the survey report will be made available to the Parent Council – as promised by officers of East Dunbartonshire Council at a recent meeting. We hope to now see the council take urgent and decisive action to implement whatever measures are recommended in the report that will result in pupils and staff returning to Boghead Road quickly.

“This is of the greatest importance to parents, pupils and staff, as children are currently placed in a building that has been deemed to be unsuitable for modern educational purposes, one that that is suffering on-going water ingress and which has placed restrictions on PE provision, playtimes and extra-curricular activities for children.

“We appreciate the continued effort of the school staff and support of the wider school community during this difficult and challenging time. However, we look forward to a speedy resolution which will see children return to Holy Family at Boghhead Road.”

As the Herald went to press, Chief education officer Jacqueline MacDonald said: “We will need to undergo a procurement process for those works and this will finalise the costs and timescales. Preliminary indications are that the works could take up to 12 months.

“The school community have been kept updated throughout this process and this will continue as further detail is available.”

It is also on the agenda for the council’s policy and 
resources committee on Thursday, December 3.