School built on hazardous waste site to be tested for contamination

Tests are to be carried out at a school campus at the centre of a row over chemical contamination, the Scottish government has confirmed.

Yesterday, the Scottish government said water, soil and the integrity of the methane membrane would all be assessed at the site in Coatbridge, North Lanarkshire, after pressure from parents, teachers' unions and local residents.

The Townhead Road campus, which is made up of three buildings - Buchanan High school, St Ambrose High and Townhead Community Centre - was opened in 2012 on a site that was used as landfill for industrial waste, including lead and arsenic, between 1945 and 1972.

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