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11 May 2021

The final meeting of the site recovery group was held online on Tuesday 11 May 2021.

The minute of the meeting is available below. 

17 November 2020

At the online meeting of the Site Recovery Group on Tuesday 17 November the following report was agreed for the Chair to take to Council in December 2020. 

The report and minutes are available below. 

16 September 2020

The Site Recovery Group had an online meeting on Tuesday 16 September 2020, minutes of that meeting are available to download below. 

Tuesday 28 January 2020

The fifth meeting of the SRG took place on Tuesday 28 January 2020.  The minutes from the meeting can be found below:

Update - Monday 16 December 2019

A fourth meeting of the SRG took place on Tuesday 10 December when the group considered two reports in relation to the remediation of soil at two locations, these can be found below with the minute of the meeting. 

Tuesday 19 November 2019

The third meeting of the SRG took place on Tuesday 19 November 2019.  The minutes from the meeting can be found here. 

Update - Thursday 7 November 2019

The site recovery group has now had its second meeting, and considered the following report from the council. The report updated on ongoing water quality management works, in-air monitoring, the action plan for ground settlement and plans for the group to develop its own website.

The group comprises members from both schools and the community centre, pupils, parents and the community with input when required from council officers. The minute from the meeting is also available. 

Update - Friday 27 September 2019

The first meeting of the Site Recovery Group took place on Tuesday 10 September when updates were presented by senior council officers about the work carried out to implement the recommendations along with other work being undertaken at the campus.

The group agreed that air testing, which has been carried out to measure levels of carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide within the building, should be extended to include volatile organic compounds. This has been agreed by the council and will form part of the ongoing testing and monitoring regime.

The group also agreed with the council's view that testing of the drinking water supply should be more frequent than that envisaged by the independent review.

The group is keen to hear from anyone who would like to raise any issues.

Please email enquiries to:

Update - Friday 30 August 2019

Chair and scientific advisor appointed to Buchanan and St Ambrose High Schools campus site recovery group

One of the recommendations of the independent review was the establishment of a site recovery group.

The group will meet for the first time in week beginning September 9, and the council is pleased to announce that Terry Currie DL has agreed to be the independent chair of the group.

Mr Currie is currently the chairman of The State Hospitals Board for Scotland and a depute lieutenant of Lanarkshire. His full-time working life was mostly with British Steel - latterly with a subsidiary company which had the remit of regenerating regions which suffered from steel plant closures - and Scottish Enterprise.

He was a founder member of the Lanarkshire Civic Pride campaign in 1991 and previously served on the boards of New Lanarkshire Ltd, the Scottish Manufacturing Advisory Service and Scottish Business in the Community, as well as being the chair of the Scottish Steelworkers Memorial Committee. He was also a non-executive director of NHS Lanarkshire between 2004 and 2012.

Dr Christine Davidson has agreed to serve as scientific advisor to the group. Dr Davidson is Reader in Pure and Applied Chemistry at the University of Strathclyde. Dr Davidson's research is in the area of environmental analytical chemistry, especially the development of new analytical methods to assess risk to human health and the environment from priority pollutants. Recent studies have focused on the study of urban soils and inhalable airborne particles, and on contaminated land, sediments and waters.

The group will comprise representatives from pupils, staff, parents and other users of the campus.

Mr Currie said: "I am very much looking forward to getting started with the group. I agree with the review authors that the group has a key role to play in restoring confidence and in receiving monitoring reports on water and air quality from the council. We will also be able to hear any concerns from the campus community and formally engage with the council to raise these."

Des Murray, chief executive of North Lanarkshire Council, said: "I am delighted that Terry Currie has agreed to serve as chair of this group. It's essential that the group is independent and is able to have open and frank discussions, and the appointment of such an experienced chair is a significant step forward. I'm also very pleased that Christine Davidson has agreed to be the group's scientific advisor. Dr Davidson is a genuine expert and her input and advice will be invaluable.

"The group will be able to call for reports from any part of the council and feed back formally to the council. The council will not have a representative group member because its independence is so crucial, but we will ensure, through a liaison officer, that the group's views are heard."

The group's terms of reference are:

  • To receive and consider ongoing monitoring reports from North Lanarkshire Council in respect of water quality, indoor air quality and the gas membrane
  • To receive and consider reports from North Lanarkshire Council about works to address ground settlement on the campus and other ongoing maintenance
  • To question officials from North Lanarkshire Council about these reports and raise any concerns about their contents
  • To seek the opinion of independent experts on monitoring results
  • To raise concerns about any health, safety or maintenance issues in respect of the campus
  • To publish periodic reports on the group activities to be shared with the wider campus communities and the Education and Families Committee of North Lanarkshire Council

Page last updated:
25 Aug 2022

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