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Anger After Asbestos Found In School

Over 170 parents and family members have signed a petition saying they have lost confidence in the local council over its handling of an asbestos discovery at a Walthamstow school.

St Mary’s Church of England Primary school located in Walthamstow, East London, was due to move premises to the former Warwick School site as part of a £3m scheme to expand and increase its intake.

The project was promptly aborted following the discovery of asbestos fibres during building work.

Three classes and 18 staff members had already moved to the site in September 2011, but the local council has always insisted that it is “considerably unlikely” that anyone would have been subject to asbestos exposure.

Parents have now demanded answers and a resolution to the “chaos”, condemning the council as incompetent and failing to keep families properly informed.

Tensions have run so high that the council claimed an unnamed councillor’s car was vandalised and covered with copies of the petition.

Councillor Coghill commented: “The asbestos find at the new school site has created a tremendous hurdle that we are working with the school to overcome.

“At present we expect the school to be open to all students by September 2013 and we are doing everything we can to enable this to happen.

“I have valued being able to work with the school and speak personally to parents about this. We will continue to work hard to deliver excellent school facilities for the borough’s children.”

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