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No immediate RAAC concerns for schools in Bridgend County Borough

Bridgend County Borough Council can confirm that there are no immediate concerns in relation to the structure of any of its school buildings following the recent national coverage of Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (RAAC) being used in the construction industry.

Most schools in Bridgend County Borough were built before 1950 and after 1990, during these periods, RAAC was not used in the construction industry.

The council’s most recent building condition survey also highlighted no structural concerns but, to provide further reassurances to residents, the school portfolio is being reviewed and surveyors will be sent to any buildings where the use of RAAC can’t be entirely ruled out.

Nothing is more important than the health and safety of our pupils and staff so it’s really pleasing that precautionary steps have been taken to rule out any structural concerns no matter how unlikely they may be.

I would like to reassure all pupils, parents/carers and local residents that these national concerns have been taken very seriously by Bridgend County Borough Council and I’d like to thank officers for prioritising these checks as a matter of urgency.

We will also make sure that all parents and carers are kept up to date with any developments related to this matter.

Cllr Jon Paul-Blundell, Cabinet Member for Education

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