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By Fiona Reid
Annan and Eskdale

REASSURANCE is being sought from contractors that Dumfries and Galloway’s PFI schools are safe.

Dumfries and Galloway Council yesterday confirmed they are engaging with E4DG, who built ten the public private partnership (PPP) primary and secondaries in the region.
A spokeswoman said the local authority is seeking ‘further reassurance on health and safety in our schools’.
E4DG were the contractors for Heathhall Primary, St Andrew’s RC Primary, both schools at Wallace Hall, the two Lockerbie schools, Moffat’s all through school, Castle Douglas and Kirkcudbright primaries and Stranraer Academy.
The council spokeswoman stressed there was not believed to be any local links to the Edinburgh PPP contract, which has seen 17 of the capital’s schools shut amid safety concerns.
She added: “The safety of our pupils is paramount. Like all councils, we are communicating with the Scottish Government, which has advised all councils to take appropriate steps to undertake surveys and inspections in all schools.
“We already regularly monitor our schools and report this to councillors, including a user satisfaction survey and health and safety compliance.
“As an additional precaution, we are engaging with E4DG to seek further reassurance.”

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