19 November 2012>
Caerphilly county borough has today (Monday 19th November) released the full technical report outlining the presence of asbestos at Cwmcarn High School.
The investigation was undertaken by a specialist contractor called Santia and the report is a very complex and technical document. The council has agreed to release the information so that parents and staff are in possession of the full facts behind the decision to close the school.
The Santia report will be considered at a meeting of Full Council on Tuesday 20th November at Penallta House Council offices, but the information has also been posted on the this website today in advance of the meeting.
"The council wants to be honest, open and transparent in the way we deal with Cwmcarn High School, so we felt it was important that all interested parties had access to the full report," said Leader of Council, Cllr Harry Andrews. "The decision to temporarily close the school was not taken lightly, but the health and safety of pupils and staff is paramount. We are confident that we took the right decision faced with the information that was presented to us on the afternoon of Friday 12th October and we acted swiftly and decisively to protect the school community."
The council has commissioned a full invasive asbestos survey of the site and these investigations are extensive. It is anticipated this will take a month to complete. The Health and Safety Executive's enquiries are also continuing and the council currently awaits their findings.
Special health advice sessions are also being offered to parents this week so that any health concerns can be discussed with professionals from Public Health and the council.
Click here to view the Santia report
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