Concrete fell onto playground at Mayfield Primary School, report reveals

Wednesday June 28th 2023


Written by Local Democracy Reporter, Marie Sharp

Masonry from a primary school building which is due to be replaced fell onto the playground, sparking concern among parents and the local community, Midlothian councillors have been told.

The incident at the campus of Mayfield and St Luke’s primary schools, in Dalkeith, saw engineers sent to the site and action taken to ensure the buildings are safe.

At a meeting of Midlothian Council this week elected members were asked to approve funds to meet the costs of maintaining the repair work carried out at the schools for the coming year as it was revealed the new campus they are due to move into is two years away from completions.

And Councillor Eileen Scott, the administration’s education spokesperson, produced a piece of the fallen masonry telling fellow councillors “I have the brick of shame here”.

Kevin Anderson, the council’s director of place, told the meeting a structural survey had been carried out “following an incident earlier of falling masonry”.

He said work had been carried out to make the buildings “as safe as possible” with more than £36,000 already spent on the work including putting up scaffolding and protective measures which will need to remain in place for the rest of the schools’ lives.

Councillor Scott said: “In the last year visiting our schools I was dismayed about what I saw and heard about these two schools.

“I high tailed it back to Midlothian House to alert officers and am very happy these concerns were taken seriously and action taken straight away.”

She appealed to parents and carers to bear with the council as the new school campus is built, telling them they will have a “state of the art facility” once complete.

Councillors approved additional funding of around £60,000 for the coming year to meet remedial and ongoing costs at the school.

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