There has been significant public and media interest in RAAC recently and this page aims to provide parents and customers with reassurance that all appropriate checks and mitigations are in place in West Lothian.
- The safety of our staff and pupils is our top priority, which is why we have taken a proactive approach to address issues around RAAC roofs over the past three years, and have already carried out detailed surveys of our school estate
- We have carried out detailed surveys of our school estate and specialist engineers were brought in to offer expert advice on addressing the issue. All areas with RAAC roofs in schools have been closed and staff and pupils relocated. Continuity of education has been at the forefront of all the decisions that have been made, minimising disruption to the staff and pupils.
- We have continued to provide information and updates to parents whose children attend schools where RAAC has been identified. A very small number of schools in West Lothian have RAAC. They are listed below.
- Despite significant continued pressure on the council's revenue and capital budgets, major investment has been allocated towards dealing with RAAC. This has already enabled work to be completed in a number of properties, with plans in place for all the remaining buildings
Schools with RAAC:
The council has taken a proactive approach to dealing with the RAAC situation; having went through a process of identifying RAAC properties beginning in 2020, with a regular inspection and management regime implemented in 2021. It was reported to Council Executive in June 2021 that five school properties contained RAAC and regular updates have been provided since.
The schools identified are:
- Knightsridge Primary School;
- Balbardie Primary School;
- Windyknowe Primary School;
- Riverside Primary School; and
- St Kentigern's Academy.
A summary of the current status of each along with the capital investment provided by the council is noted below:
|Knightsridge Primary School
|Balbardie Primary School
|Windyknowe Primary School
|Riverside Primary School
|St Kentigern's Academy
The council has committed £10.6m in investment to date through progressing with the replacement of RAAC panels at Knightsridge, Balbardie and Windyknowe. A further £24m for the replacement of Riverside Primary School and an estimated £35m at St Kentigern's would bring the total RAAC spend in the Learning Estate to £69.6m.
No other schools are affected by RAAC
In addition to our learning estate, work to remove RAAC planks has recently completed at Fauldhouse Partnership Centre, with work ongoing at Lanthorn Community Centre in Livingston and Whitburn Community Centre. This has resulted in funding in the region of a further £7 million being provided by the council to remove the RAAC roof panels in our community assets. RAAC has also been identified at Stoneyburn Community Centre, which does not require work at this time but has a monitoring regime in place.