Angus Council reassures parents in wake of Edinburgh schools chaos

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Following the issues discovered with a number of schools in Edinburgh built by Miller Construction Angus Council has reassured parents about its own school stock.

It was announced late on Friday that 17 schools in the Edinburgh area which had been built under the Public Private Partnership scheme by Miller Construction were to remain closed to staff and pupils who were supposed to return to class yesterday (Monday).

It is understood that Scottish Government officials had contacted all Scottish local authorities to ask them to make any necessary checks to school buildings.

When asked if there were any implications for Angus schools a council spokesperson said: “Angus Council has no buildings constructed by the partnership or contractor associated with the Edinburgh school issue. We have seven PPP schools and whilst there is no reason to suspect that there are any issues, we will work with our partners to check the construction of our recently built schools to ensure everything is in accordance with appropriate standards. We wish to assure parents and staff we have no reason to suspect there are any problems but we will carry out inspection work in a discreet and unobtrusive way.”

At the time of writing around 9000 pupils in Edinburgh had been forced to take a second day off school and council officials in Fife and Inverclyde were also inspecting school stock in their area built by Miller Construction.