Birmingham school remains closed due to asbestos, despite all-clear from Council

16th October 2014

A Birmingham school has been forced to remain shut while protected workers remove asbestos-containing material from the campus, despite the City Council claiming the site was now clear.

A heated argument has now developed between the Council and Yardleys School on Reddings Lane, Tyseley, as a result of the disagreement birminghammail.co.uk reports.

Birmingham City Council claims that pupils were given the all-clear to return to school last Friday (October 10), and that ‘the academy trust has been advised to reopen the school [but] has taken the decision not to do so’. However, head teacher Rose Hughes has pleaded that the school is still under repairs – proving her statement by posting pictures of workers on the site.

The school has been closed since September 29, following a fire on a neighbouring industrial estate which released asbestos into the school, bbc.co.uk notes.

“[The Council] implies the site is now safe,” Mrs Hughes said. “However, as the pictures show, there are still workers in protective clothing removing contaminated material from the ground.

“We hope the clean-up will be finished as soon as possible and the council will be able to provide written assurance the site has been cleared of contamination, is safe to use and will remain so. As soon as this is provided, we will be able to re-enter the building and get it ready to reopen.”