SNP Council Group call for Argyll & Bute Council to issue full briefing on school building repairs issue

Following yesterday’s announcement by Argyll and Bute Council that two schools – in Oban and in Rothesay – require repair, the SNP Group of opposition Councillors has praised the SNP Scottish Government’s call, ‘for all councils to assure themselves of the school estate they provide and undertake surveys and inspections where necessary’.

The group has also praised Argyll and Bute Council officials for their speedy response to what has been a crisis situation provoked by the disastrous situation with dangerously flawed new school buildings in the Edinburgh Council area, constructed under the Private Finance Initiative.

The Council investigation has identified the need for remedial work to be done at Oban Joint Primary Campus and Rothesay Joint Campus.

The SNP Group say, however, that there are questions that need to be urgently addressed.

They point out that if these schools were not ‘identified as being at risk’ as they were not built by Miller Construction yet have now been found to be in need of intervention, does this mean that there may be other schools in the Argyll and Bute school estate – not built under Public Finance Initiative [PFI] or the Non Profit Distributing Organisation [NPDO the Scottish Government’s variation on PFI] which should also be looked at?

They ask:

  • Has there been a robust risk assessment carried out to determine whether investigation of all school estate is necessary?
  • Do Argyll and Bute Council need to develop a risk assessment plan for all school estate, not just those schools built under NPDO?

In consequence of these questions, the SNP Group call on the Council to provide parents in Argyll and Bute with a full situation briefing at the earliest opportunity, in order to address their understandable concerns on this issue.

Local councillor for The Isle of Bute and SNP Spokesperson for Education, Isobel Strong, says: ‘There needs to be a thorough investigation into this issue. If work hasn’t been carried out properly the possibility of compensation also requires to be looked at. We absolutely cannot put profit before pupils in Argyll and Bute.’

New SNP Councillor for Oban North and Lorn, Julie McKenzie, says: ‘Yesterday’s announcement is incredibly worrying and serious questions need to be raised about not only the five schools that were constructed under the NPDO programme, but also all of our school estate. I’m a parent of primary age children myself and I’ve already been contacted by other parents in the Oban area who are justifiably concerned about the issues at the Oban Joint Primary Campus. I will continue to do my utmost to ensure that the Council keeps parents up to date and well informed on this issue.’

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  • So the Tory,Labour,Libdem PFI Ponzi scheme comes home to roost!
    A&B council apparently pay 15 million a year for PFI loans. It probably would be cheaper sending the kids to a Swiss finishing School.
    Another Yoonion Dividend.Wastemonster at its wasteful best!!

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    Hugh Jazz April 14, 2016 6:58 pm Reply
    • Jazz, read this with care, how is this school being funded?
      https://www.argyll-bute.gov.uk/new-campbeltown-grammar-school
      Go back to your fantasy world.

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      richard April 14, 2016 7:27 pm Reply
      • The idiots running the council pay 15 million,yes million a year onLoans for schools.
        Stop misleading the people dick,you sound like Hameron now,Yawn.

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        Hugh Jazz April 14, 2016 7:48 pm Reply
        • HJ, I suggest you tell us how to fund new schools.

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          richard April 14, 2016 8:00 pm Reply
          • Oh,that’s easy Dick!
            Stop pretending you are a “World Power” and get rid of stupid things like Trident,The House of Lards,Corporate Tax evasion,Tory’s , liebours,fibdems,Cricket,Morris dancing,Gary lineker,the BBC,and people like you.

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            Hugh Jazz April 14, 2016 8:09 pm
        • Jazz, the Scottish Futures Trust through the Scottish Government, when I last looked that was the SNP, has something changed or is your head so far up your own a___ you don’t know.
          SNP = more tax, more borrowing,more benefits, more debt.

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          Richard April 14, 2016 9:19 pm Reply
          • Do the SNP give swathes of Tax payers money to Banking institutions,Cowboy builders with knighthoods attached. I don’t think so and mind your language.
            You’re losing it,boy!!

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            Hugh Jazz April 14, 2016 9:25 pm
  • You are bang on the money HJ. The Tories followed by Labour let rip with PFI where the corporates were allowed to fill their boots. This was Thatcher’s big idea. The system was set up that way. It was all part of the plan. And now the mug taxpayer and their offspring are on the kicking end. No doubt the friends of the Conservatives have long salted away their ill gotten gains in offshore tax havens. Having cleaned up at taxpayer expense I suspect we’re only seeing the tip of the iceberg. Time we hammered these shysters.

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    Willie April 14, 2016 7:23 pm Reply
  • Never mind about the bliddy Schools in Argyll. If you take a trip to Oban and see the brainless wonders there,one wonders if there are Schools here anyway.
    The council should be repairing the roads. I have family coming soon from Sussex. What am I suppose to say to them? Bring your own Humbee!
    When oh when are the council going to proceed with an infrastructure plan?

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    R.B Stoker April 14, 2016 8:58 pm Reply
    • RB , just for clarity are you referring to the general populace of Oban, or the our wonderful councillors ?

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      Tom Hayward April 16, 2016 3:07 pm Reply
      • So you require some clarity,Mr. Hayworth. I shall oblige. As you mention the councillors,yes I think they are useless and self serving.As far as the general indigenous populous of Oban goes,they require to mix the gene pool up a tad.
        I hope you see things clearly now.

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        R.B Stoker April 16, 2016 3:40 pm Reply
        • Just for clarity RB Stoker , its Hayward, not Hayworth.
          I can just about understand your comments , re the general populace, but would be unwilling to say much more publicly, especially as I don’t use an alias on here.

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          Tom Hayward April 16, 2016 3:55 pm Reply
          • Sorry to miss call you there. I was a great fan or the wonderful Rita Hayworth.Ah,the memories.
            As far as your comments go regarding my name,this is my name.
            Rupert Barnabas Stoker.You can call me Rupee as do all my acquaintances.

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            R.B Stoker April 16, 2016 4:11 pm
  • PFI – Gerry Built – Rip Off Finance – Offshore Tax Havens – Eton – Bullingdon Club = Conservative. Better Together.

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    Willie April 14, 2016 11:08 pm Reply
    • Willie, you are referring to a Scottish company, I suggest that Scotland gets it’s own house in order before you make sweeping statements that you are unable to substantiate.

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      richard April 15, 2016 10:35 am Reply
      • It’s Friday and you’re still writing bilge.
        Do you realise how bitter you sound?
        SNP BOTH VOTES.

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        Hugh Jazz April 15, 2016 12:17 pm Reply
        • For Hugh Jazz, the only ‘bitter sounding’ comments on for Argyll come from SNP trolls like yourself. You never have any constructive comments to make only derogatory remarks about anyone who has the intelligence to see what a mess the SNP are making of our wonderful country.

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          'Felicity' April 15, 2016 12:54 pm Reply
          • Aye,okay Dick!

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            Hugh Jazz April 15, 2016 6:02 pm
      • Are there any Scottish journalists in the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists? From their coverage I get the impression they are relying on what they can pick up from the national and international media. That might suggest that no one has been through the hacked / leaked Mossack Fonseca papers looking for any Scottish links.

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        Lundavra April 15, 2016 12:44 pm Reply
        • Understandibly there’s not been a general release of documents, but some of the papers that have already created stories can be found here; there’s 151 at the moment but I’d expect more to be added daily.

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          db April 15, 2016 3:43 pm Reply
  • Eh??

    Did this article not read earlier that the Edinburgh contractor (Miller) also built a couple of of the schools in A and B?

    Did I imagine that?

    Or did Newsie change the article (again) without admitting it??

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    Simon April 15, 2016 10:22 pm Reply
  • Sadly it seems that most contributors have hi-jacked the topic which was building repair issues on Argyll & Bute schools, to air other unrelated thoughts. Are people not able to make a provide reasoned contributions? or perhaps they are unable to read a topic? So sad when outsiders read this and it reflects badly on Argyll when it is read by people who are considering coming to the area!

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    Argyll Traveller April 17, 2016 6:05 pm Reply

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