WARWICKSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL NEWS
Pupils Have To
Move After Gas Found In School
Pupils at a school in
North Warwickshire have been moved a few miles away after health fears
caused by the detection of hydrogen. They have moved into buildings
that closed after a schools reorganisation.
The site of Nursery
Hill School, Ansley Common, lies close to landfill sites and it has
been monitored for methane since work to extend the building began in
Recent tests showed
there was hydrogen, and education chiefs have moved the children to a
different site to allow tests to continue for at least six weeks
A meeting was held
last night to explain the problems to parents. And youngsters were
bussed off to the former Hollies Infant School in Hollystitches Road,
Camp Hill, from today.
Eric Wood, county
education officer, said:
measure, we are relocating pupils on a temporary basis while further
tests are carried out at Nursery Hill School.
When building work
was taking place for the new extension at the school in 1996, traces
of methane gas were found. As a precaution, inspection chambers were
installed in the school and these are routinely monitored every
three to six months.
“To date, all
these tests have shown the levels to be well within safety limits.
“It was during
one of these routine inspections for methane gas that the
instruments detected the presence of hydrogen in one inspection
chamber. The levels of hydrogen are relatively low, but high enough
to cause concerned.”
And to allow further
tests, children are being bussed to another school, away from the mine
environmental health officer for North Warwickshire Borough Council,
“We have written
to residents nearby informing them of the situation at the school
and as a precaution we are asking for their cooperation in checking
a sample of houses to make sure no hydrogen is present.
“There are no
special measures that need to be taken at this stage. Any resident
who is concerned can contact our environmental health department on