Condition survey to be carried out at Dalintober

Dalintober Primary School.
Dalintober Primary School.

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After pressure from a Kintyre councillor, a condition survey is to be carried out at Dalintober Primary School following two ceiling collapses.

Councillor Donald Kelly first raised his concerns about the condition of the school more than a year before the first false ceiling collapsed in January this year, forcing the school’s senior students to be relocated to Campbeltown Grammar School while emergency repairs were carried out in 10 classrooms.

Shortly after all pupils returned to the school, there was a further ceiling collapse, on February 24, but it did not require the relocation of any pupils.

Councillor Kelly contacted Douglas Hendry, the council’s director of education, asking that a full structural survey be carried out on the building with the results presented to the council as a matter of urgency, but he was told that it was an ‘operational issue’ and that no report would be presented.

Councillor Kelly says he was left with ‘no option’ but to construct a motion requesting the support of the Mid Argyll, Kintyre and the Islands Area committee to demand that the council take action.

The motion was seconded by fellow Kintyre councillor John Armour and supported unanimously. It was referred to the council’s Community Services Committee, where it was agreed, at a meeting on March 12, that a condition  survey at the school would be carried out this month.

Councillor Kelly said: ‘I am pleased the committee has agreed with my motion and supported the request for a survey. However this should have been done immediately and as a matter of course. It should have never taken a councillor’s intervention to make this happen.’

Councillor Armour added: ‘I was happy to second Donald’s motion and I am pleased that the area committee unanimously approved the motion. I was delighted to see that the Community Services Committee also agreed with local members and have brought the condition survey forward from next year to this. Hopefully this will give some peace of mind to parents and staff.’