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Concern over school site safety

Parents of children attending St Nicholas Community Primary School in Beverley have expressed safety concerns following continuing delays to building work blamed on the bad weather. A petition signed by 257 people has demanded East Riding of Yorkshire Council ensures the school be quotes “made fit and completed to a standard that is safe and suitable.”

Work on the school was halted when the original contractor went into liquidation. A new contractor was subsequently appointed and the new school opened last October with completion works on-going. Parts of the site are currently cordoned off and work is currently halted and the parents have claimed access to and around the site poses safety dangers.

A council statement said: “The construction of the new school was planned to take place in two phases, the first being the construction of the new building, whilst the second phase concerns the demolition of the old school and formation of new playing fields. “We are now in the second phase, which is due to complete in the summer. However, we are continuing to encounter significant weather issues, which has affected the ground conditions.” The council said the new contractor had withdrawn from the school until conditions improved. They are expected to resume work in April.