More than £3m will need to be spent in the next few months to remove crumbling roof planks from parts of St Kentigern’s Academy.

A significant works programme has been agreed to ensure the school in Blackburn can remain operational for pupils and staff as term restarted this week.

The Council Executive have approved plans to remove roof planks containing reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete (RAAC) from areas of the school where access has been restricted.

More than £2m will also be spent on a new power plant for the school this Autumn.

In a report to the Executive, Laura Cameron, Capital Projects and Projects Principal said: “The RAAC present at St Kentigern’s has required constant monitoring and to date has been unpredictable. This has caused officers to deal with reactive issues that have arisen at short notice in order to keep the school operational and deliver the curriculum.

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