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First phase of improvements for Bishop Gore School go ahead

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SWANSEA Council has completed the first phase of improvement works at Bishop Gore School following a major condition survey at the site earlier this year.

The authority has carried out some improvements and repairs identified in the report and is organising a schedule of maintenance improvements that will be taking place over the coming months and years as part of the Council's overall maintenance portfolio.

The authority called in surveyors Davis Langdon earlier this year to identify work that would be needed to comply with disability regulations if pupils from Dylan Thomas Community School were to transfer there as part of the school organisation programme.

The surveyors were also asked to provide a complete break-down of the state of the fabric of buildings at the site and to recommend any improvement works that would be necessary if the closure of Dylan Thomas Community School took place and the transfer of pupils to Bishop Gore went ahead.

Surveyors found a number of urgent works that needed to be done straight away and a subsequent report by DL acknowledged that these and other urgent works were completed before children returned from the summer holidays.

Cabinet Member for Education Mike Day said, "This report and our response to it demonstrates just how seriously Swansea Council takes the issue of the state of our school buildings.

"The council was right to commission this report and we have done the right thing by getting the urgent works done right away. I am pleased to see that DL's final summary report acknowledges that risks to the health and safety of those using the school building have been addressed.

"And, as a further step, I think it is right too that the final reports from the surveyors will be published on the Council's website so that anyone who is interested can see what has been said. The Council will also make the main report available for inspection by appointment."

Cllr Day said that he would be recommending to Cabinet next month that the Council does not proceed with the proposal to close Dylan Thomas School and transfer its pupils to Bishop Gore.

"This would not mean is that the Council is any less committed than it was to carrying out those improvements at Bishop Gore that will still be necessary. These will be considered through the corporate maintenance programme being developed through the Council's Asset Management Plan."

If you would like to inspect the Final Summary report, the Executive Summary of the main Condition Report and an Addendum to it, please click on the article on the right.

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