No Bedford Borough schools included in concrete ‘scare’

School children

No Bedford borough schools have been caught up in the new weak concrete scare, says the council.

More than 100 schools in England outside of the borough have been told by the Department for Education (DfE) that they must shut some buildings due to safety fears over the use of a lightweight form of concrete, called Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (RAAC), in their construction.

It was used in construction from the 1950s until the mid-1990s – and could have been used in any school and college building that was either built or modified in this time period.

But a Bedford Borough Council spokesperson said: “The DfE has not identified any schools in Bedford borough that will need to close due to safety concerns around RAAC.”

The DfE advice is that children should attend school as normal in September unless the school advises otherwise.

It added that it has been “proactively monitoring all confirmed cases of RAAC closely”.

by John Guinn
Local Democracy Reporter

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