Asbestos school to reopen

Cwmcarn High School is to reopen, after Caerphilly councillors agreed a £1m plan to remove asbestos at the site and provide temporary classrooms. Its hoped pupils could be back on site in September.

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£1m to be spent on Cwmcarn High School

Caerphilly Council says pupils and staff will be able to return to Cwmcarn High School following a decision by members to approve £1m funding for emergency remediation of asbestos at the site.

Pupils will return to temporary accommodation while the works are undertaken and the school could be open for reoccupation in September this year.

The council will now enter into a grant arrangement with the Governing Body who will procure, commission and manage the asbestos works at the school.

I welcome the decision and I’m sure the whole school community will be delighted that a way forward has been agreed.

We took a very difficult, but correct decision last October to temporarily close the school.

– Cllr Rhianon Passmore, Cabinet Member for Education

Cwmcarn school could reopen in September

Parents and pupils have spent months campaigning for the high school to reopen.

Pupils could return to Cwmcarn High School after the summer holidays, following a unanimous vote last night by Caerphilly councillors.

The school was closed last October after an investigation supposedly found dangerous levels of asbestos - two subsequent reports argue the building is "essentially uncontaminated".

However a report into the findings recommend asbestos removal and remediation works totalling almost £1m before the school is safe for re-occupation.

Council approves plan to remove Cwmcarn High School asbestos

The site has been closed since October 2012

Cwmcarn High School is to reopen, after Caerphilly councillors agreed a plan to remove asbestos at the site and provide temporary classrooms.

The decision was made at a meeting on Wednesday night, which was also attended by a large number of parents of pupils at the school.

Since the discovery of asbestos at the school last October, the pupils have been educated at the former Coleg Gwent site in Ebbw Vale.

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