Edinburgh to publish PPP report in New Year

The independent report into Edinburgh City Council's school closures across its PPP estate will not be considered by councillors until early next year.

Edinburgh's chief executive Andrew Kerr set up the inquiry earlier this year after 17 PPP schools were closed across the city due to concerns over defects in their construction.

The move came after an external wall at the Oxgangs Primary School collapsed during the Easter break and it was later discovered that the collapse had been due to a failure to use wall ties. A review of the other schools in the PPP batch also revealed defects that had to be remedied, leading to the schools being closed during the summer term.

The council then appointed PPP expert John Cole to lead an independent review into the failures and it had been anticipated that his report would be published before the end of the year.

However, the review will not be seen by councillors until early in the New Year and it has been suggested that this means the report will not become publicly available until at least February.

“The chair of the inquiry intends to provide his report to the council’s chief executive by the end of the year,” a council spokesperson said. “We expect the final report to be considered by councillors early in the New Year.”