Has building a school on a former industrial landfill site led to health problems?

While the school, local authority and NHS body insist there is no link between the siting of a school on a former landfill and illnesses of staff and pupils, parents and independent experts are insisting on further tests, with some families enrolling their children in other schools. Catherine Early investigates

Parents of pupils at a Scottish school are reporting high incidences of sickness in their children and some are now enrolling their children in other schools, as the row over possible contamination of the site from a former landfill rumbles on.

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. Waste from the Gartsherrie iron and steelworks had also been disposed of at the site.

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