Repairs to be carried out at Beeslack

Beeslack High School, Penicuik
Beeslack High School, Penicuik

Roof damage first noted by the Beeslack Parents Association last June is to be repaired at the Penicuik high school in due course.

At the recent full council meeting the Labour group called a motion that the repairs be carried out as a matter of urgency, highlighting concerns raised by parents,

Councillor Adam Montgomery (Lab) said: “I have tried to make the matter non-contentious. We need to get this through. It’s dangerous and not good enough.”

The SNP group made an amendment to the motion noting that over the past four years £554,000 has been spent on maintenance and repairs at Beeslack. It removed any mention of parents’ concerns and added that initial repairs to the roof at Beeslack were already scheduled and the further required works were included in the 2015/16 capital budget.

Councillor Alex Bennett (Lab) said: “If we accept the amendment we are taking out the concerns of the parents. It’s quite clear they have been in correspondence with the council since June about this.”

Council officer Garry Sheret told councillors that the major works would be carried out in the summer.

Councillor Montgomery responded: “The leaks are there now. By the summer that would have been a problem for a year.

“It’s not good enough for the youngsters that are there. It’s dangerous. They need to get this done as soon as possible.”

The amendment to the motion was accepted by nine votes to eight.