Councillor’s call to improve Buckhaven PS

Buckhaven Primary School'College Street'Buckhaven
Buckhaven Primary School'College Street'Buckhaven

A local councillor has called for improvements to be made to Buckhaven Primary School after it had to be closed twice in one week due to heating problems.

The school has suffered on-going problems with its heating system, and has closed on a number of occasions due to suspected gas leaks.

And just recently, the school had to be closed for two days after another suspected leak was reported.

Councillor John O’Brien has called on Fife Council to update the system, or the whole building, to ensure children at the school and nursery do not miss out on any further education.

He said: “Fife Council needs to invest in old school buildings or build new ones.

“Apart from the disruption to parents and child minders this cannot be good for the children’s education.

“Our children need to be going to high school prepared, and missing school will not help with this.”

Commenting on Friday, Dawn Cook, capital programme team manager at Fife Council, explained: “Last week we shut Buckhaven Primary as a precaution after the head teacher reported a suspected gas leak.

“Checks showed there was no leak so we expected the school to be open the next day, however, the following morning the janitor again reported a strong smell of gas.

“Investigations found that it was actually a faulty motor part causing the smell - this was replaced and it’s all back up and running. There are no ongoing issues or plans to replace the heating system.”