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Latest Update at 24 June 2015

Latest Update re remedial works to retaining wall

The excavation works have been completed as can be seen from the picture below and works are on schedule.


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Last Updated on Friday, 26 June 2015 14:10

Delay Update

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Following a number of complaints and comments regarding the latest delay to our return to the Newton Street building the Chairperson wrote to Patricia Cassidy, Corporate Director, Education, Communities & Organisational Development at the Council.

The email is shown below with the Council's responses in red. If you have any comments or opinions please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
  

Hi Patricia  
   
Over the past few days I have been taking a number of complaints and comments in relation to the delay in moving back to Newton Street and in order to answer parents questions correctly I would ask if you could provide answers to the following questions?   
·        The contractor was due to hand back the school fully completed on 17 May 2015. Had the contractor completed the work at this time? and if not what was outstanding? 
   
No the work was not completed at this time. The incomplete works fall into four categories: -
1.       Areas directly affected by the collapsed wall e.g. drainage and connections to toilets at the front of the building, steps and access to right hand side of the building which cannot be completed as heavy machinery access for the remedial wall works is still required, and miscellaneous items such as CCTV cameras, light fittings and other items on the front elevation affected by the wall collapse and the inability to access due to the debris.
2.       Works affected by the collapse of the wall in terms of Contractor and sub-contractor morale and the knock on effect on productivity. There had been a significant push towards completion as all personnel were aware of the dates to be achieved. The productivity of the personnel was understandably impacted when they became aware that the date was no longer achievable due to the wall collapse.
3.       Agreed deceleration of works following the wall collapse. The Contractor and sub-contractors had been working significant overtime and back shift hours to achieve occupation and it was agreed that this was no longer cost effective as soon as it was evident that the date was unachievable following collapse of the wall.
4.       Works already agreed to potentially delay to the school summer holidays as they would not have an operationally issue for the Inverclyde Council and the school. e.g. canopy within playground although this was subsequently completed and in place at the time of the parent council visit.

Last Updated on Friday, 12 June 2015 19:44
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AGM Notice

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The Annual General Meeting will take place on Thursday 25 June 2015 at 7:00pm in the school at Westmorland Road.

All parents are invited.

We are currently looking for more members to help us take the Parent Council forward when we move back to Newton Street in August.

No experience is necessary just an interest in the school and a willingness to help the Parent Council assist Mrs McLellan, and her staff, provide the best education experience possible.

We meet once a month on the last Thursday of each month at 7:00pm.
 

Any questions or enquiries should be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
Last Updated on Friday, 12 June 2015 19:54

Latest Update

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Latest news re moving back.

After discussions with the Council we can confirm the following:

The work to reinstate the retaining wall will start on 29 June. The delay in this is due to the Building Warrants etc that are required;
The work is expected to be complete on 7 August
Children cannot move back before work starts due to Health & Safety concerns;
Council will apply for Exceptional Closure days on 17, 18 and 19 August so children will return to school after summer break on Thursday 20 August (This is dependant on completion date being achieved).

Despite stories to the contrary we are assured that the Council are not aware of any 'hole' being found.

We will keep updating as further information is relayed to the Parent Council.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 21 May 2015 21:06

Further delay to return

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As you will now be aware the return to Newton Street has been delayed due to the collapse of a retaining wall which was NOT part of the refurbishment work.

Parent Council were notified on Tuesday about the incident as soon as possible after the Council had been notified and are waiting on the report from the engineers to be made available.

We were told at our meeting on Thursday 30 April that the work was on schedule for the Contractor to "hand back" the school on 17 May as previously agreed in order for an Occupation Certificate to be granted. The contractor was working holidays and weekends in order to meet this deadline and a Consultant was working with them to ensure the work met the standard expected.

We will now work with the headteacher, staff and Inverclyde Council  to assist in any issues that now arise.

We understand the disappointment  of parents/carers and the children but this delay could not be foreseen or avoided.

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Last Updated on Friday, 08 May 2015 15:09

Moving Home Delayed

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Move Home unavoidably delayed


The Parent Council has been informed regrettably that the move back to our Newton Street home has unavoidably had to be delayed by 2 weeks.

The proposed move back date of 8 May cannot be achieved despite the best efforts of the contractor.

They approached the council late last week to advise that they would require a further 2 weeks to bring the school up to the standard expected before pupils and staff could move back and start using the facilities.

The Special Closure dates of 5 – 7 May have now been changed to 18 – 20 May after an appeal to the Scottish Government to allow this. 

The Parent Council, and the Headteacher, were notified on Monday about this delay and although we are disappointed with the delay it is in the best interests of everyone involved to delay the return.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 April 2015 18:55
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