Asbestos: Cwmcarn school £1m repairs and temporary classrooms

Around £1m is to be spent on a Wales school which shut suddenly after a report said pupils were at risk from asbestos. This is from the BBC…

Caerphilly councillors have agreed the asbestos removal work and temporary classrooms at Cwmcarn High School.

A special meeting heard the move could see its 900 pupils return to the site for the new school year in September.

Students have been taught 12 miles (19km) away at Coleg Gwent’s Ebbw Vale campus since the school shut in October 2012, prompting protests from parents.

In February hundreds of people marched through Cwmcarn calling for the school to reopen.

The governors and head teacher had called for the school to be reopened “at the earliest opportunity”.

At the meeting on Wednesday, councillors approved a plan to spend £300,000 on placing temporary classrooms on the site and £700,000 on asbestos removal and making the buildings safe to occupy.

Contractors have advised the local authority that the work could be completed in time for the school to be reoccupied in September 2013.

The total cost is estimated at £1.05m.

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